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March 7, 1942


JAMA. 1942;118(10):824-825. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830100054016

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VENEREAL DISEASE CONTROL OFFICERS  The War Department announced on March 5 that specially qualified medical officers would be assigned to control and prevent the spread of venereal diseases among American troops. Supplementing the program already in effect, a venereal disease control officer with the grade of major will be assigned to each army camp of 20,000 or more men, each field army, air force and armored force, each corps area or department, each division, general headquarters and headquarters, communications zone. While the control measures employed by the Army in recent years have produced a satisfactory decline in disease rates and have been adequate for peace time, the change to a war time status introduces new conditions requiring additional control measures. The new control officers will function within the Army and with civil agencies, cooperating with other health agencies in stamping out possible sources of infection.Within the military commands, measures

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