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September 15, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(3):219-220. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370041017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Sept. 10, 1945.

Continuance of the Fight Against Venereal Disease and Prostitution  An appeal to communities to maintain wartime gains in the fight against venereal disease and prostitution was made by the Social Protection Division and Public Health Service of the Federal Security Agency, and the American Social Hygiene Association, in cooperation with the Army and Navy. "In 1918 a general relaxing of measures to curtail venereal disease followed the armistice," a statement pointed out. "We must not let history repeat itself.... This war against venereal disease is a fight on many fronts. All these sectors—health, law enforcement, ethics, economics and human dignity—are equally important.... During the war great gains have been made. These gains must be extended, not lost." District of Columbia Health Department officials are considering means of expanding the venereal disease treatment facilities of the capital, convinced that discharged servicemen, free

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