The most important problem which presents itself to any one in charge of groups of individuals, civilian or military, is the maintenance of the good health of such persons. It has long been recognized that it is much more economical and, in fact, much easier to prevent certain diseases than to cure them. Smallpox, typhoid fever and last, and probably most important, venereal diseases are the most spectacular representatives of this group.
The urologist, serving with the United States Navy in the world war, was occupied to a certain extent with so-called major urologic problems, such as instrumentation (cystoscopy, endoscopy, etc.), and major and minor operations. His most important duties, however, were concerned with the prophylaxis and treatment of venereal diseases.
VENEREAL DISEASE IN U. S. NAVAL HISTORY
One examines the history of prophylaxis against venereal diseases in the United States Navy with a certain amount of pride. Admiral W.
LOWSLEY OS. UROLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. JAMA. 1919;73(22):1663–1668. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480013007
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