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December 5, 1942

THE WARTIME CONTROL OF VENEREAL DISEASEPROBLEMS IN THE APPLICATION OF RECENT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Institute for the Control of Syphilis and the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1942;120(14):1093-1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830490013003
Abstract

The venereal disease control field is a perpetual Christmas pudding and full of surprises. As Little Jack Horner (whom I may be supposed to impersonate for this occasion) puts in his thumb and pulls out a plum, with his well known expression of egotistic self satisfaction, little does he realize that his find will presently be shown to be a raisin or even a California prune, and a dried one at that. In fact, to extract even prunes from the assigned pie, Jack has had to ask permission, first, to talk about problems rather than solutions and, second, to include some new and surprising developments from old discoveries. I propose to discuss four groups of problems: those of the recently discovered fallibilities of the case uncovering or diagnostic methods, the problems of foreshortened treatment, the problems of prophylaxis and the influence of ultraeffective treatment on morale and the future of

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