March 20, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(12):835-836. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890290025012

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NEW APPROACH TO CONTROL OF VENEREAL DISEASE  Following studies made in 1946, the Army developed a new approach to the control of venereal disease. A phenomenal decrease in the number of cases in American soldiers occurred during 1947. The decrease for the Army as a whole amounted to 40 per cent, and among the soldiers stationed in the United States it amounted to more than 50 per cent.In considering methods for the control of venereal disease the general staff established the Army Venereal Disease Control Council. Local councils were established at all military installations. There emerged a program, now employed, based on moral, spiritual, psychologic and objective factors. This broadened approach has supplanted previous concepts. Today stress on the moral reasons for good conduct is imparted to the troops through group and individual instruction. Planned entertainment helps to maintain the wholesome interest of the soldier and keeps

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