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Study of the Epidemiology of Syphilis
The regular session of the dermatologic convention at Strasbourg was devoted, this year, to the study of the epidemiology of syphilis. It is interesting to compare opinions, since the reglementation of the cities differs widely. Depending on the will of the mayor, prostitution is either unrestrained or is restricted to resorts under medical supervision. It is difficult to form a true opinion of the actual conditions. It appears that the closing of brothels in some cities by the mayors has no influence on the increase or decrease of cases of syphilis. The authorities are therefore undecided as to what course to take. When prostitution is unrestricted, venereal diseases, in the absence of medical supervision, develop unchecked. When prostitution is supervised by the authorities, clandestine prostitution increases, and this form is the most dangerous, for it is practiced in cafés and hotels. Such is the
PARIS. JAMA. 1933;101(15):1164–1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740400050022
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