Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease. More than 700,000 people are infected annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is curable with antibiotic treatment, and its dangerous effects can be prevented if it is identified and treated early in its development. Gonorrhea, Second Edition looks at the disease from historical and epidemiological perspectives, describing the discovery of the bacterium that causes gonorrhea, how it can be prevented, and the development of effective treatments. This revised edition contains new photographs and illustrations as well as updated statistics of gonorrhea rates in the United States. Chapters include: What Is Gonorrhea? History of Gonorrhea and STDs Symptoms and Diagnosis of Gonorrhea Epidemiology of Gonorrhea Complications and Treatment of Gonorrhea The Future of Gonorrhea.
Brian R. Shmaefsky, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and service learning coordinator at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas. He did his undergraduate studies in biology at Brooklyn College in New York and completed his graduate studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and University of Illinois. His research emphasis is in environmental physiology. Shmaefsky has many publications on science education, some appearing in American Biology Teacher and Journal of College Science Teaching. He is also the author of several books and technical articles, among other projects.