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Organization and Results of the Crusade Against Syphilis
M. Bayet has presented to the Academy of Medicine of Belgium a communication on the organization and results of the crusade against syphilis. Bayet holds the view that syphilis is retrogressing at a rate which justifies the belief that it will eventually disappear from the world. Prophylaxis by means of widespread treatment has been the point of departure. To decrease by three fourths or four fifths the duration of the contagious period of syphilis is the same thing, as far as dissemination is concerned, as if one decreased by three fourths or four fifths the number of contagious syphilitics. The prophylaxis of venereal diseases must consist, therefore, primarily in rendering the disease carriers noninfective. This must be accomplished through better and more treatment. Such prophylaxis requires the cooperation of the whole medical profession. It was necessary to a great extent to furnish
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1926;87(5):340. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680050050025
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