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June 30, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(26):1946-1947. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640530058015

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The Prevention of Venereal Disease  A committee appointed more than a year ago by the ministry of health to inquire into and report on the best medical measures for preventing venereal disease in civilian communities has presented an important report. The committee, consisting of a number of specialists, held twenty-eight meetings and examined a large number of medical witnesses, including medical officers in charge of clinics for venereal disease, health officers, medical women and social workers. Under the terms of reference, the committee was confined to the consideration of medical measures, but it records its conviction that these alone can never be an absolute preventive; their success must always depend largely on the cooperation of the community. Such cooperation can be hoped for only if full knowledge of the nature of the problems becomes common property. Such measures as extension of knowledge as to the nature of venereal disease and

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