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December 6, 1919

VENEREAL DISEASE REPORTING IN MINNESOTAA STATISTICAL STUDY

JAMA. 1919;73(23):1745-1747. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610490009004
Abstract

Until very recently, statistical statements relative to venereal disease have been largely guesses; and in case a definite basis was present, the material has been of very fragmentary nature. The only figures available have been gathered from hospital or institutional surveys and from men living more or less permanently under military discipline. No one knows how much venereal disease exists in this or any other country. Various estimates by capable men place the syphilitic portion of the population at from 3 to 15 per cent.

THE VENEREAL DISEASE RATE IN THE ARMY  The induction of several million men into naval and military service revealed on their examination an apparently larger venereal disease rate in the civilian male population than among the men in the regular army. The annual rate per thousand for the regular army in 1917 was 88. The computed annual rate for the draft army at one time

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