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September 18, 1915

Syphilis as A Modern Problem.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(12):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580120063032

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This book is a monograph reprinted from the Commemoration Volume issued by the American Medical Association "as a tribute to the medical sciences which made possible the building of the Panama Canal and the Panama Pacific Exposition."

The publication of this discussion of the present status of one of the so-called three great plagues—syphilis, tuberculosis and cancer—is opportune. Two decades ago tuberculosis, the fellow of syphilis in this triad of diseases, was as little understood by the everyday man as syphilis is today. In the comparatively brief interval of twenty years, a campaign of education and organized propaganda for the combating of consumption has transformed the situation. The forces of intelligent public opinion and of public and private funds, and the power of disinterested men and women have brought into being a great system of physical and educational aids for the tuberculous which have begun to realize their full possibilities.

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