In 1817 Vasili Golovnin sailed a ship named Kamchatka from Kronstadt to Kamchatka and met there its governor, Rikord. In "Around the World", he wrote that:
Almost all the local common people of both sexes, and even the children, are infected with a well-known social disease. Formerly, the physicians would go through the district once a year, but they could give only advice by way of help to the sick, because medicine was very seldom available. Even if medicine had been available, how could it cure a disease which requires special diet, rest, warm dwellings, etc.? At present, Mr. Rikord has established a clinic and has brought overland all the necessary medication, while at his request we brought by sea all the hospital equipment.
He also mentions people there that "could barely walk before completely cured".
Despite the near-total lack of medical information in Golovnin's description, is it clear which particular social disease was rampant? How were children catching the disease?