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More than five hundred persons responded to the call of Surgeon General Thomas Parran of the United States Public Health Service for a three day conference in Washington last week on the control of venereal diseases, especially syphilis. Representatives of the American Medical Association, officers of state medical societies and practicing physicians attended, as well as health officers and social service workers. The conference was asked to consider the question of venereal disease control from six principal points of view. The reports that were adopted by the conference as a whole on the third day were in substance as follows:
Estimates were presented of the prevalence of syphilis in the United States. A minimum of 681,000 new cases of syphilis was declared to be the probable annual incidence of the disease. Prevalence in the population as a whole was estimated variously at from 5 to 10 per cent of
THE CONFERENCE ON SYPHILIS. JAMA. 1937;108(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020039013