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May 8, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(19):1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670450057022

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History of Police Control of Prostitution  March 25, Dr. C. G. Cumston addressed the Geneva Medical Society, on "The History of Police Control of Prostitution from the Biblical Epoch to the end of the Eighteenth Century." The lecturer showed that prostitution was rampant in the days of the patriarchs and the prophets, but that the Hebrews never exercised legal control over it. Solon, in ancient Greece, was the first to give laws controlling debauchery; these were severe, as the lecturer showed by many quotations from the texts. Police control of prostitution was brought from Greece and Asia to ancient Rome by the armies, 189 B. C. Landlords of brothels were obliged to obtain a license from the ediles, and before exercising their profession courtesans were compelled to make a declaration of their intention to the ediles. The female inmates of public houses (lupanaria) were called "wolves" in order to show

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