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January 5, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650270049018

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The Prevention of Venereal Disease  At a meeting of the Council for Combating Venereal Diseases, an increase in the number of cases of assault on children and young girls was reported, as proved by the investigations of women police and also by the numbers brought before the magistrates during the last two years. Many cases reported to the police do not come before the magistrates owing to insufficient evidence. Numerous cases are hot reported to the men police because the mother shrinks from discussing details with a man, and it is therefore considered that women police would be much better for this work. The communication of venereal disease to young children is held to be a menace to the future of the race, and the harm done to the child incalculable. Some children have been infected with venereal disease at the age of 2 years. The pernicious belief that venereal

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