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June 22, 1918


Author Affiliations

Camp Gaillard, C. Z. Lieutenant-Colonel, M. C., U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1918;70(25):1969-1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600250069022

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To the Editor:  —Owing to the great interest awakened in the morbidity of venereal diseases incident to the prime necessity of a supply of healthy, vigorous manhood with which to win the war, the public is now learning how vitally necessary it is to keep undefiled the spring of that stream not alone by sanitary regulations of extracantonment zones but also of the cities and towns from which our soldiers enlist or are drafted.We all know the report, how well founded I cannot say, that Germany sent a flood of prostitutes to infect and disable the French and British troops; but whether Germany had anything to do with it or not, the soldier in the hospital from a venereal disease is just as much a noncombatant as a soldier disabled in combat. Moreover, he occupies and demands shelter, medicines, transportation, beds, bedding, nurses and doctors, all of which tax

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