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James C. Sargent, M.D.
JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420082027.
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To the Editor:  —In The Journal that has come to me this morning, as well as those of the past weeks, I have read the article under the caption "The Venereal Diseases." Kindly accept my congratulations for your continued discussion of a subject which is of vital interest to every physician and, we must admit, altogether too little understood.I feel compelled to take exception to a most egregious error which has been published in the serial article of October 6. On page 1171 there occurs the statement that "when other methods fail to relieve tenesmus and pain [in acute posterior gonorrhea], remarkable relief is occasionally obtained by the instillation of a few drops—about ten—of a 1: 500 to 1: 100 solution of silver nitrate through a soft catheter or deep urethral syringe," etc.It is admitted later on in the article that such a procedure is "contrary to the


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