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March 11, 1905


Author Affiliations

Professor of Hygiene, School of Medicine, Georgetown University. WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):762-765. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500370010001d

The absence of reliable statistics in venereal diseases is very much to be deplored, for, if we wish to approach the subject intelligently, we should know something more definite as to their prevalence. Venereal diseases should, therefore, be made reportable, without, however, giving names and addresses, and solely for statistical purposes, which will serve a useful purpose for the education of the general public.

An approximate idea of the prevalence of these diseases may be obtained by a study of army statistics. Dr. Munson1 gives the latest admission rate per 1,000 strength as follows:

It is a lamentable fact that the very countries in which the sentiment both in and out of the profession is strongly against recognizing the evil furnish the highest army rates, while in armies where some special regulations are in force preventing the spread of venereal diseases, such as weekly inspections of the men and

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