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November 9, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(19):1486-1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710190058023

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Social Aspects of the Venereologist's Work  Dr. Louis Nékám, professor of venereology at the University of Budapest, in a recent lecture critically reviewed the social efforts made by the medical profession in the interest of humanity. In recent times, he said, the tendency has been to take care of the individual. He quoted as examples infant welfare, maternity centers, the establishment of dispensaries and advisory bureaus, and health, unemployment and old age insurance. Of course, this is a great step forward; but by making the individual the object of protection and not the race, the individual has become more prone to crave comfort, to be tardy in founding a family, to marry for convenience, to turn to abortion, and to adopt the "one child" family system. Family feeling has degenerated, and along with it ideas of altruism and national spirit. The numbers of children have diminished, and the nation consists

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