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December 24, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(26):2198. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780050024

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Venereal Disease in Rural Rumania  In prewar times, the Rumanian villages were fairly free from the ravages of venereal diseases, but the situation has changed since the termination of the war. Venereal disease is now common in country places and prostitution is just as general in villages as it is in cities. But while in the cities there is a control and supervision of public morals, this is entirely lacking in country places. The purity of family life is decaying. Illegitimate children form a great percentage of the birth rate. Girls between 14 and 15 become mothers. Liquor shops and dance halls are hotbeds of secret prostitution. Lately, a specialist in venereal diseases was sent out by the ministry of health to ascertain the amount of venereal disease. In his report this delegate described fearful things. Many well developed girls of 13 or 14 suffer from gonorrhea and syphilis, and

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