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July 04, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(1):4-7. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470030008002

[The author believes that the objects of this paper will be furthered by substituting initials for his name and by omitting his address in reprints thereof.]

I. INTRODUCTORY.  Many important books have been written and many valuable papers contributed to medical journals on the dangers of venereal diseases. All show that venereal diseases are more perilous to the individual, the family and the state than are all other ailments combined.Study and effort directed to their abatement lead to the inevitable conclusion that venereal diseases are due essentially to prostitution, clandestine and public. The knowledge that venereal diseases are due mainly to prostitution does not, however, reveal the means of curing the evil: 1, Because all efforts to reduce public prostitution have proven and are always likely to prove futile; 2, because clandestine prostitution is necessarily beyond all efforts to limit its still greater power for evil.The principal cause

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