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August 18, 1906

VENEREAL DISEASES AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(7):511-512. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520070045007

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Abstract

The homely adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is rapidly acquiring new and stronger significance. If it is true that "there is no such thing as science for the million," it does not follow that society in general can not be greatly benefited by being enlightened on matters regarding hygiene and the prevention of disease.

The work done this year in the Section on Hygiene and Sanitary Science was of great value, and much good is to be expected from the deliberations of the committee appointed by the Association to outline a plan of organization of a department of public instruction. Already societies of social hygiene have been formed in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, here and abroad, for the purpose of checking the spread of venereal diseases.

No ailments are more common than these, yet there is none more insidious and pestilential. The

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