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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Jerry D. Smilack, MD
JAMA. 1987;258(2):270. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400020112048.
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The diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have remained problems even with availability of antibiotics, and these problems have escalated in the last decade with the emergence of drug resistance. Clinicians still feel uncomfortable with the diagnoses of urethritis, genital ulcers, and other STDs and have become confused with ever-changing dosing schedules. To assist practicing physicians in the many medical disciplines confronting STDs (dermatology, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, and internal medicine, among others), Dr Felman offers this volume.

After an introductory chapter (which cogently states the enormity of the STD problem and documents changes in sexual behavior aggravating it), each of the common STDs is discussed competently and concisely, but sometimes superficially. For example, although nongonococcal urethritis is presented in a practical, helpful way, the subject of gonorrhea receives short shrift and is disposed of with barely ten pages.

Infectious disease textbook editors always have to choose between


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