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December 15, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(24):1906-1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700240060023

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Law Pertaining to the Control and Prevention of Syphilis  In February, 1921, a considerable increase in syphilis during and after the World War led to a bill pertaining to the control and prevention of syphilis, which was accepted by the great national assembly. According to this law a person with syphilis has the right to be treated by a physician of his own choice but is under obligation to carry a treatment card on which the kind and period of treatment are stated. All physicians are obliged to report their syphilitic patients by giving their names and occupations within twenty-four hours to the government or municipal physician. Physicians must furthermore inform the health department if persons are irregular in treatment or fail to appear for reexamination as required or if, by reason of their personal relations or their occupation, there is danger of exposing others to infection. Physicians are required

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