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The Prevention of Venereal Disease
As previous letters to The Journal show, the prevention of venereal disease has been under discussion for some time. The ministry of health has decided that the official recognition of self-disinfection in civilian venereal disease is neither desirable nor practicable, but recommends the establishment of centers for delayed disinfection. This attitude has provoked a protest in the Times from a number of leading physicians who have formed themselves into a venereal prevention committee. They point out that provision of centers for delayed disinfection can never be adequate. The London County Council, the greatest urban authority in the country, has rejected the scheme. No method is even suggested that could work in rural districts. The committee maintains that venereal disease is preventable by immediate disinfection; that authoritative teaching on the subject is urgently required, and that the means, together with approved instructions for their use, should
LONDON LETTER. JAMA. 1919;73(20):1540–1541. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460058023
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