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March 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(13):967. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670390047027

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Veneral Disease Census  The first period of reporting of cases of venereal disease occurred in February, 1921. At that time notification was not obligatory. The new law on venereal disease control, enacted July 11, 1922, includes a clause leaving it to the discretion of the ministry of health to require, when necessary, from physicians and medical institutions, notification of venereal diseases. The names of patients are not required to be given. The ministry of health plans to order such reporting over a period of one month every five years. The month of February was selected, and February, 1926, was chosen for the second period of reporting. During the first venereal disease census all the cases under treatment were reportable, but this time reports were confined to cases which came under treatment by physicians for the first time in the course of the month. The reason for this is that the

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