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November 29, 1941

"PLAIN WORDS ABOUT VENEREAL DISEASE"

JAMA. 1941;117(22):1890-1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820480056016

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Abstract

On Sunday morning November 16, newspapers which subscribe to the North American Newspaper Alliance published a copyrighted article written by Paul de Kruif heralding a forthcoming book by Drs. Thomas Parran and R. A. Vonderlehr entitled "Plain Words About Venereal Disease." De Kruif said that in their new book these authors "tell the story of how between one and two million of our young men, who were brought—free of venereal disease!—into the new army, are now being needlessly exposed to time-wasting gonorrhea and life-endangering syphilis, because the War Department and municipal authorities have seemed not to think it important to apply the powerful preventive measures that Secretary of War Newton D. Baker and Gen. John J. Pershing used— with brilliant success—in World War I, twenty-four years ago." After reviewing the campaign against venereal disease waged by Dr. Parran since he became Surgeon General, de Kruif points out that those rejected

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