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March 12, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(11):853-854. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680370081017

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Law Pertaining to the Combating of Venereal Disease in Germany  After more than a year of agitation, a bill pertaining to the combating of venereal disease has been accepted by the reichstag. The bill was strongly opposed by the quacks because it restricts the treatment of venereal disease to physicians, whereas formerly quacks were allowed to give treatment. Syphilis and gonorrhea are within the scope of this law without reference to what parts of the body are affected. Any one affected with a venereal disease that is liable to prove infectious and has knowledge of the fact, or should assume that he is so affected, is under legal obligations to seek treatment by a physician holding a medical diploma issued by the government. Parents, guardians and educators are legally bound to procure proper medical treatment for persons in their care who have contracted venereal disease. The authorities must provide gratuitous

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