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December 22, 1906

THE PROSTITUTION PROBLEM IN ITS RELATION TO LAW AND MEDICINE.

Author Affiliations

Attending Physician to the Skin and Genito-urinary Service, German Poliklinik, Consulting Dermatologist, Hebrew orphan Asylum. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(25):2071-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210250025001g
Abstract

Delving down into the depths of deepest depravity mankind is capable of sinking into is by no means a a pleasant or invigorating occupation. It is a rather ungrateful task to unearth and to draw to light conditions which some may think had better be left buried. Looking on this darkest side of human life, it reveals the frailty of human character with its unceasing strife between the dominant mind and carnal atavism. Just as the sunspots can not blot out the luminous life-giving properties of the most glorious of all stars, so will prostitution, dark and heavy as it rests on humanity, never be able to destroy the fate in its ultimate glorious destination.

Prostitution is as old as humanity itself. It is a mistake to maintain that barbarous peoples were not confronted with it. It did exist, although, paradoxical as it may appear, without their being conscious of

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