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April 3, 1937

SYPHILIS IN THE MAGAZINES

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1178-1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140034012

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Abstract

The tabu against discussions of syphilis in newspapers and popular magazines is no more. A few diehards among the editors continue to avoid the subject, but general recognition of its importance is spreading rapidly. Much credit attaches therefore to the Chicago Tribune, which apparently saw the trend of public thought in time to open up the subject before other newspapers or magazines ventured the chance of public disapproval by seriously discussing this problem.

In the March and April issues of the Reader's Digest (edited by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Bell Acheson) articles have been published by Drs. John H. Stokes and Thomas Parran which are models for this type of discussion going to the public. There is no exploitation of the writer; there is excellent presentation of the subject; there is proper consideration of the public health and private practice aspects of the subject. Surgeon General Parran points out that

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