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January 3, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(1):42-43. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620010048021

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Dec. 10, 1919.

The Prevention of Venereal Diseases  The National Council for Combating Venereal Diseases has issued a memorandum stating that the prevention of venereal diseases is a large sociomedical problem. In the direct line of attack, ample facilities for treatment and instruction of the public—both social and hygienic—occupy the first place. Concerning the question of personal disinfection after risk is taken, it is no part of the council's policy to conceal the truth, and it has always acknowledged the value of cleansing and disinfecting material, applied early and thoroughly, in diminishing risk. But abstention from exposure is the only certain safeguard. Continence is to be encouraged by every means and on every ground both social and hygienic. As no person who has indulged in promiscuous intercourse can be sure that he is not infected, he is bound in duty to himself and to society to seek means of cleansing

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