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October 10, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(15):1150-1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670150048025

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Welfare Treatment of Venereal Patients  The transactions of the German Society for Combating Venereal Diseases, which was held in Dresden in September, had to do less with medical than with social and hygienic welfare treatment among venereal patients. The opening paper on the subject "Cooperation in the Welfare Treatment of Venereal Patients and in the Institution of Prophylactic Measures" was presented by Irmgard Jäger, who is connected with the welfare department of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The gist of her argument follows: In former years prostitution was the main cause for the spread of venereal diseases, and to curb those diseases necessitated an energetic campaign against the evils of prostitution. Today, in addition to prostitution, welfare workers must extend their field and consider the increase of extramarital sexual intercourse. Police provisions and medical measures are not adequate. Mild and tactful expedients are needed to aid those menaced; more particularly, the juvenile element of

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