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March 20, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(12):813-814. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620120039021

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Feb. 21, 1920.

The Prevention of Venereal Disease  The prevention of venereal disease is still a burning topic. A largely attended public meeting, convened by the Society for the Prevention of Venereal Disease, has been held at the Mansion House under the presidence of the lord mayor. A resolution was carried unanimously that venereal disease had become a menace to national health and prosperity, and in view of the fact that infection can be prevented by selfdisinfection immediately after exposure, it is necessary to instruct the public as to the importance and method of doing this. These instructions for immediate self-disinfection have been issued by the society: Materials required: cotton wool; a solution of potassium permanganate, in 1:1,000; calomel ointment, 33 per cent. (A) If exposure takes place outdoors or where complete disinfection is impracticable: (1) Make water. (2) Soak a swab of cotton wool with the solution. Draw back

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