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January 18, 1947

The Control of Venereal Disease

JAMA. 1947;133(3):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880030064036

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This book is by two doctors, one of whom has been and the other now is chief of the venereal disease division of the U. S. Public Health Service. Through cooperative relationships with state boards of health and secondarily with the larger local health units it has acquired perhaps the most extensive experience outside the armed forces with the venereal disease problem. Even in the armed services the venereal disease problem could be met only with the cooperation of the U. S. Public Health Service.

This book tells how the fight against venereal diseases was brought into the open by shattering the conspiracy of silence which rendered syphilis and gonorrhea unacceptable words on the radio and made discussion of these diseases taboo except in medical circles. The history of syphilis and its cause are discussed and so are the causes of gonorrhea and the so-called minor venereal diseases. A discussion

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