It is even now apparent that the approaching demobilization period will be accompanied by many serious problems in the control of the venereal diseases. During and following previous wars the incidence of venereal disease always reached epidemic proportions. While the maintenance of low military rates during the first three years of the current conflict justifies a feeling of achievement by all concerned, it is noteworthy that since the 1st of January 1944 the Army venereal disease rate for the continental United States has risen steadily to a present level of 36 per thousand men annually as compared to the 1943 rate of 26.3. Furthermore, it is our belief, based on the following considerations, that the Army rate in the continental United States will continue to rise for some time and may even reach World War I levels:
It is increasingly evident that a general letdown in the overall venereal
STERNBERG TH, LARIMORE GW. ARMY CONTRIBUTIONS TO POSTWAR VENEREAL DISEASE CONTROL PLANNING. JAMA. 1945;127(4):209–212. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860040019005
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