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July 28, 1917

The Nation's Health: The Stamping Out of Venereal Disease.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590310059025

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This is an account of the efforts that have been made and of the measures that, in the opinion of the writer, are necessary for the reduction and suppression of venereal diseases in England. While written especially for members of country, urban and rural district health boards and other sanitary authorities, it is equally suitable for general circulation. The problem is set forth without undue exaggeration or sensation. The question is discussed purely as a public health problem and the adoption of remedial measures from the public health rather than the moral or sentimental standpoint. While the statistics quoted are largely drawn from Great Britain, the arguments and conclusions are equally applicable to our own country. Regarding notification of venereal diseases, while admitting that there is a strong prima facie presumption in favor of it, Morris agrees with the royal commission in opposing any system of notification or reporting at

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