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October 27, 1906

WHAT EFFECTIVE MEASURES ARE THERE FOR THE PREVENTION OF THE SPREAD OF SYPHILIS AND THE INCREASE OF PROSTITUTION?

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1372-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210170036002k
Abstract

It is not to be supposed that there exists at the present time a single moralist sufficiently severe, or rather insufficiently enlightened, who would dare to doubt the necessity of measures capable of combating the propagation of venereal diseases. Fortunately, the time has past when syphilis was believed to be the unique result of depravation and was considered as the legitimate punishment of debauch. The numerous sources of infection are too well known at the present time to uphold the old rigorous theories and to these I shall not revert.

Of all the diseases which may affect the human race by contagion and which bring about the greatest disasters to society in general, there is not one more serious, more dangerous, or more to be feared than syphilis. This, I believe, is generally admitted, and since this is the case, why should not the proper authority profit by the knowledge

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