Definition

  • Harry L. ArnoldJr.

Abstract

The world moves on, and as it moves it becomes less simple. Once it was sufficient to speak of “venereal disease” or “VD.” But people read something into venereal (not originally there) that seemed to exclude conjugal sexual relations. That was not unintentional, or unreasonable; but no matter—it was a bit misleading. Thus, the term “sexually transmitted diseases”—STD— was born, probably about 1950, give or take a decade.

Keywords

Microbe Syphilis Plague Gonorrhea Trichomoniasis 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

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  • Harry L. ArnoldJr.

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