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It will be of no small interest to our philanthropists—and there are not a few in the ranks of our profession, be it said to our credit—to learn that the outcome of measures put forth of late years on the continent of Europe, with regard to the regulation of prostitution, have proved unavailing, from both a moral and sanitary point of view.
Morally, the effort to regulate—and thereby, in a measure, stop—the vice of prostitution, has only resulted in a more than compensating clandestine recourse, which appears more penetrating in its effects, and evil in its consequences, than maintained previously. And through this result, and in the aversion of the syphilitics in the regulated houses to being hospitaled for long time as such, it is believed that a wider dissemination has been given to this poison.
So thoroughly convinced upon this point is a recent writer to the Westminster Review
THE SUPPRESSION OF SYPHILIS.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(8):274. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410600022005