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July 9, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(2):133-134. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690020057022

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Venereal Disease  Under the Czechoslovak law concerning venereal diseases, only the cases which occur in patients who have lapsed in treatment or those who have not complied with the orders given to them by the physician must be reported to health authorities. The central health authority may make the reporting of all cases of venereal diseases obligatory for a limited period of time, provided the names of patients are not required. This provision was made in order to make it possible for the health administration to collect information on the prevalence of venereal diseases in the country. The first country-wide reporting was carried out in February, 1921. Because the law relating to venereal diseases was not in force at that time the reporting was optional. Nevertheless its results were good. More than 21,000 venereal cases were reported. The second reporting, along similar lines, was organized in February, 1926, under the

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