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February 16, 1924

Marriage and Syphilis. A Treatise on Eugenics.

JAMA. 1924;82(7):571. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650330063046

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In this book, the author presents a combined social and medical consideration of the problem of controlling syphilis in the community. The great defect of the volume is its shallowness, since it discusses no phase of the subject completely. The text is in general too technical for laymen, and is inadequate for the physician. The use of illustrations showing the horrible effects of syphilis, with a view perhaps to deterring the layman from exposure, has been proved to be an inefficient method. It is doubtful, furthermore, whether the paralleling of such illustrations with pictures of sound and healthy children will have any more efficiency in deterring exposure. It is the suggestion of Dr. Katsainos that any one responsible for transmitting syphilis to a child should be punished with the maximum penalties of the law. Unfortunately for this view, syphilis is not a police problem, but a medical one.

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