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October 25, 1913

MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE SOUTHWEST: Eighth Annual Meeting, held at Kansas Mo., OMo., 1913

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Hot Springs, Ark., in the Chair

JAMA. 1913;61(17):1566-1567. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350180066038

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Abstract

Prophylaxis of Syphilis and Professional Ethics 

Dr.PAlfred Schalek, Omaha:  Syphilis must be attacked in two directions: in its relation to society and to the individual. Prostitution contributes the greatest factor in spreading infection. It is only a question of time before every prostitute becomes diseased. Official regulation has proven a failure wherever attempted. Absolute suppression is the only relief. While seemingly an utopian dream, it is feasible with the honest cooperation of everybody concerned. It necessitates measures to stop all sources leading to prostitution. the time comes that syphilis is looked on only as a pathologic condition, in no way dwayerent from others, when iten its stigma of disrepute has been removed, wh n our therapy will destroy the micro-organisms and eliminate the toxins, and not only secure a symptomatic but real cure, our ambition to make syphilis a disease of past will begin to be realized.

DISCUSSION 

DR. William Frick, Kansas 

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