The public health aspects of an attack on disease focus on two problems: first, the adequate treatment of existing cases so that they cease to be a menace to the individual infected or affected and to those about or in intimate contact with him, and, second, the prevention of the development of new cases. The latter problem, far more important, is already an accomplishment in many infectious diseases. Unfortunately, some of the most serious public health problems present insuperable difficulties in control. Because of its unique natural history, the manner of its acquisition, the long duration of its potential dangers, and for many other reasons, the prevention of syphilis as a public health measure is perhaps the most difficult problem of all.
To be sure, in time of national emergency, as during the late war, wonderful advances were made in the prevention of the spread of syphilis among the soldier
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