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July 8, 1922

PROPHYLAXIS OF VENEREAL DISEASE

JAMA. 1922;79(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640020063029

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I have read with interest the communication on this subject by Dr. Herman Goodman, The Journal, June 24. He says, among other things, "The more prophylactics administered, that is, the more admitted exposures, the greater the incidence of venereal disease. On the other hand, when opportunity for prophylaxis was reduced by curtailment of opportunity of exposures, the incidence of venereal disease became practically nil." This statement is followed by two imposing tables of statistics. One can scarcely but suspect that the author has a subconscious bias against prophylaxis, perhaps for the same reason that the late Secretary of the Navy disapproved of it—that it licensed license. The sense of the letter would appear to be that if men are prevented from indulging in intercourse they are not likely to contract venereal disease, a conclusion with which all must agree. If one needed statistics to back this up

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