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April 4, 1914

Flexner's Book on "Prostitution in Europe."

JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560390050029

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To the Editor:  —It is reasonable to presume that the medical aspect of the social hygiene movement will be dealt with, or at least directed by, the high-minded physicians of the world. As we realize the extreme prevalence of the venereal diseases and their serious consequences, the aspect of prevention is bound to force itself on our attention, just as it has in other contagious diseases. In spite of the fact that facilities for treatment of these diseases are absolutely inadequate, little is said about it, even in the medical press; and when we come to consider prostitution, which all admit is the cause of these diseases, few physicians have cared to express any opinion publicly. First, because most physicians, like most lay people, consider the present state of things an unavoidable evil, if an evil at all. Those doctors who have expressed opinions on the subject have generally taken

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