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December 16, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(25):1955-1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740500035009

There is an attitude of aloofness shown by physicians in all branches of medicine toward the prevention of syphilis. This is due partly to the absence of proper example and leadership by the syphilologists, syphilis clinics and epidemiologists. Sexual transmission with its moral aspects has seemed to be an insurmountable hazard but is actually only a mental handicap. In fact, this type of close contact makes a source of infection easier to determine.

The average physician and specialist does not often look beyond the syphilitic patient. He shies away from seeming to seek patients and becoming embroiled in domestic affairs. Some of this attitude is due to false professional ethics and part is due to lack of energy and patience. The problem is such an enormous one when tackled in a wholesale way that most epidemiologists have not had the daring to assail it.

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