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June 9, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670060040012

On two occasions the American Medical Association has declared its position with regard to the medical examination and certification of prostitutes. In 1942 the Association's House of Delegates passed and in 1945 the House reaffirmed the following statement:

First, that the control of venereal disease requires elimination of commercialized prostitution; second, that medical inspection of prostitutes is untrustworthy, inefficient, gives a false sense of security and fails to prevent the spread of infection; third, that commercialized prostitution is unlawful, and physicians who knowingly examine prostitutes for the purpose of providing them with medical certificates to be used in soliciting are participating in an illegal activity and are violating the principles of accepted professional ethics.1

The American Social Hygiene Association, as a result of field studies made during the past two years, has reported to the American Medical Association that, while great progress has been made, there is a small