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Any study of a disease as applied to an entire branch of a race must necessarily take up the sociology of that race. The knowledge of syphilis as affecting the Caucasian, however profound, will not give one an insight into the conditions confronting the negro, and the chief reason for attempting this paper is the lack of statistical material on the subject and the consequent general ignorance that exists in what might be called the white zones of our country.
About seven-eighths of the entire American negro race live in our Southern States, and the Southern man is a practical authority on the subject of conditions that oppose the black man's rise in the world. This knowdledge is, however, of but little value to the world at large, because it is not down in black and white. This lack of statistics on the negro is at once
MURRELL TW. SYPHILIS AND THE AMERICAN NEGRO: A MEDICO-SOCIOLOGIC STUDY. JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):846–849. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550370001001c
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