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During the past couple of decades, the trend of medicine has been steadily and progressively toward preventive rather than curative medicine. In no domain of medical science has this principle been more strongly exemplified than in the sanitary measures that are being utilized to protect the health of the soldier in the United States Army. For a long time the great bane of all armies has been the venereal problem, and the same applies to navies. The United States government, realizing the great necessity of curbing this evil, has adopted certain regulations which have been of the greatest service. These regulations are four in number:
General orders concerning venereal diseases, requiring men who expose themselves to the danger of contracting venereal diseases to report at once for prophylactic treatment on return to the camp; with trial by court martial for neglect of duty, for any soldier who fails to comply
THRUSH MC. PROPHYLACTIC TREATMENT IN THE PREVENTION OF VENEREAL DISEASE. JAMA. 1918;70(25):1922-1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010250008006b