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To the Editor:—
I would like to comment on Dr. Pflum's letter concerning the declining morals and rise in incidence of venereal disease. I agree that the main treatment lies more intrinsically (proper use of will power) than extrinsically (doctor's advice, campaigns, penicillin, fears, threats, etc). Being a public health doctor and private practicing pediatrician, I have no doubt that the incidence will get much worse. As the responsibility resulting from sexual intercourse is lessened via birth control dissemination, and as the stigma of homosexuality is neutralized by describing it as the "fulfilled desires by mutual consent in adults," the rate of venereal pleasures can only increase and with it bring an increased incidence of venereal disease. My observations of the children themselves, and what they say, reflect a drastic change since my high school days (1937-1939) and the present group of students.It is my firm conviction that the
Wagner GR. Veneers of Venereal Disease. JAMA. 1965;192(5):422-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080180080033