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June 12, 1915

Preventive or Prophylactic Packet in the Navy

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Wauwatosa, Wis.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):2007. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500055032

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To the Editor:  —Apropos of the recent circular letter of the Secretary of the Navy to the commanding officers, in which that official refuses to authorize the issue of the "preventive or prophylactic packet" to the sailors on our war ships, I wish to inquire whether it is not possible to change the method of furnishing this packet so that the responsibility for its use would be squarely placed where it belongs-wholly on the men who use it? I grant that it is questionable whether the government should countenance immorality by providing against the consequences thereof. At the same time if the use of this packet is discontinued, this discontinuance will indubitably have as a practical result a greater incidence of disease. On the other hand its use, as is well known, has resulted and would continue to result in conserving health and effecting a considerable economy.It is manifest

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