[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
August 23, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(8):612-613. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610340044018

The world-wide campaigns for the control of venereal disease have brought the social relations of individuals and their sex expression into a peculiar prominence. Experience has shown the necessity of a changed attitude toward the problems of the sexual life. A few years ago no group of persons outside of the medical profession treated the subject in a frank manner; but today the champions of so-called social prophylaxis are ready to adopt a straightforward view in relation to the sexual instincts and to plan their campaigns for betterment with due consideration to physiologic and environmental factors as well as to purely moral or ethical tenets. A recent writer1 has remarked that the physical, the mental and the moral being is the result of heredity, environment and education. Science, he adds, does not take cognizance of sentiment, for that is the product of culture, and they who permit themselves to