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As the first requisites of a military or naval organization are health and efficiency, it is at once apparent that these two conditions must be maintained at the highest attainable point or disastrous results will ensue in time of war. The medical officers of the Navy are responsible for the physical condition of the personnel and it behooves them to safeguard this in every way possible.
One of the most recent steps toward this end is venereal prophylaxis, which is now in operation in the Navy, it having been officially adopted something over a year ago. Some of the naval medical officers, myself included, had recognized the value of the treatment, and were using it in some form or other, long before it was officially authorized. The method now used in the service is practically the same throughout, though there are, of course, slight variations, depending on the views of
LEDBETTER RE. VENEREAL PROPHYLAXIS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. JAMA. 1911;LVI(15):1098–1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560150020009
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