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Luc XìProstitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi$
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Vu Trong Phung

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834678

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834678.001.0001

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Medical Examination Day

Medical Examination Day

(p.88) 8 Medical Examination Day
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows how brothel girls conceal their venereal diseases during medical examinations. If the examination reveals that a woman has disease, she will be held in the Dispensary, to her loss. She will have no “work to do,” which means she will not have a penny to spend. As such, brothel girls use a variety of methods to conceal their diseases. They usually wash their vaginas with lukewarm water that has alum mixed in. Some girls prefer infusions of betel leaf boiled in water, which they find more efficacious. Another way to conceal a disease is to chew betel as the syphilis germ sometimes eats into the teeth, gums, cheeks, and lips. Indeed, there are cases in which some brothel girls can simultaneously have all three venereal germs—gonorrhea germ, spiro, and Ducrey bacillus—in the vagina, anus, and mouth.

Keywords:   venereal diseases, betel leaf, syphilis germ, venereal germs, gonorrhea germ, spiro, Ducrey bacillus

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