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July 10, 1943


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General Hospital No. 2, Kansas City, Mo.

JAMA. 1943;122(11):764. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840280048023

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To the Editor:—  In the article "Syphilis in the United States Primarily a Negro Problem" (The Journal, June 5, p. 365) and the emphasis and further presentation of statistical evidence (p. 378) I am impressed not only with the implications of the biometrical conclusions reached but more especially with the apparent lack of appreciation of the underlying medicosocial problems which are universal and which know no racial barriers or identification.

  1. A low economic level with its slums, overcrowding, poor nutrition, poor recreational facilities, lack of certain cultural opportunity and educational advantages and other means of sublimative practice would tend to facilitate the spread of infectious disease in general and syphilis in particular.

  2. A more practical effective, intensified, educational program which would reach the innermost recesses of the population would not only acquaint them with the scourges of venereal disease but would serve to create eventually a higher sense

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