Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922)

Report of the Special Committee of the Board of Health appointed by the Hon. Minister of Health

Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,657 / 90 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.9
LoC Category: R
Downloads: 557
Added to site: 2005.11.10 11392

For their own sakes, as well as for the sake of others, patients suffering from any form of venereal disease should continue treatment, which may be prolonged in the case of syphilis for two years, until their medical adviser is satisfied that further treatment is unnecessary.

Women suffer less pain than men in these diseases, and consequently are more apt to neglect securing medical advice and treatment, and more ready to discontinue treatment before a cure is effected.


Occasionally cases are met with in which syphilis is acquired innocently by direct or indirect contact with syphilitic material, and then the primary sore is often located on some other part of the body than the genitals. Thus the lip may be infected by kissing, or by drinking out of the same glass, or smoking the same pipe as a syphilitic patient. A medical witness reported a case to the Committee


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Greg Homer

Only one real nugget of interest in this publication.

In 1921 the New Zealand Board of Health filled Wormsley Stadium with 20,000 New Zealanders, to get an estimate on the prevalance of STDs among the population.

Over the stadium loud speaker came this request to the 20,000; 'If you have ever had a venereal disease, clap your hands now.'

From that day to this...gonorrhea has been known as 'the clap'.

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