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April 18, 1936

DELINQUENT PATIENTS IN VENEREAL DISEASE CLINICSRESULTS OF A STUDY IN BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

JAMA. 1936;106(16):1377-1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770160035011
Abstract

In the summer of 1935 it became possible to make a survey of the activities of the venereal disease clinic of the Baltimore City Health Department because of clerical assistance furnished by the Baltimore Emergency Relief Commission. In that study an attempt was made to evaluate the effectiveness of the city clinics from the standpoint of curtailing the spread of syphilis. A detailed analysis was made of all new patients admitted during the period beginning July 1 and ending Dec. 31, 1933.

In order to draw any conclusions from this study it will be necessary to outline briefly certain facts concerning the venereal disease clinics in Baltimore in 1933. During that year 4,558 new cases were admitted, of which number 2,595 were of syphilis. A total of 102,352 visits were made to the clinics. In 1931, two years previously, a total of 2,109 new cases had been admitted. Of these,

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