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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 13, 2008


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;300(6):740. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.740-c

Resolutions on Public Health: The Social Evil and Effective Methods of Dealing With It.

DR. C. L. DUTTON, Meridian: Child-labor, methods of factory employment, the wages of female clerks, and our divorce and matrimonial regulations are all factors in the social evil. Every case of venereal disease should be reported, for publicity. As family physicians we are in a position to educate young people and their parents in regard to this evil. Every father should demand that the young man who asks for his daughter be physically clean. Boys and girls must be properly educated and advised during the receptive period of adolescence. This is the duty of the parents, but it is the physician's duty to see that the parents are properly instructed. I believe that many a life tragedy originates with the misunderstanding of the boy or girl at period of adolescence.