Medicine: Quick Cure

Not so long ago, "the clap" used to be considered "no worse than a bad cold." Thanks to this cavalier attitude, many a child has become blind, many a woman made sterile, many an,oldster made insane. Syphilis killed its thousands, but gonorrhea crippled its tens of thousands.

Ever since penicillin's potency against the gonococcus was discovered, health experts have hoped it would eventually provide a quick treatment that a doctor could give in his office. Hitherto gonorrhea patients have had to be hospitalized (expensive) or treated repeatedly (difficult because many are too irresponsible to keep appointments).

Using penicillin dissolved in water, treatment was...

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