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December 17, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(25):2130. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690250052022

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Compulsory Wassermann Test Control of Prostitutes  Dr. Joseph Biró, police medical officer of Budapest, in a dispute on the proper way to exclude the possibility of prostitutes infecting the public, opposed in principle the system of reglementation. He stated, however, that for the time being it cannot be abandoned in Hungary. He said that in Vienna every prostitute is compelled to appear for a blood test once each quarter year at a designated venereal clinic. There are four such designated stations. The prostitute has to show the result of the analysis to the examining police medical officer, who in a positive case recommends that she have herself treated. Any prostitute displaying the symptoms of manifest syphilis is referred to a hospital. After the cessation of the manifestations she is dismissed and treated as an ambulatory patient. After the termination of the second series of treatments she is subjected to a

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