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June 10, 1911

The Social Evil in Chicago. A Study of Existing Conditions with Recommendations by the Vice Commission of Chicago (a Municipal Body Appointed by the Mayor and the City Council of the City of Chicago) and Submitted as Its Report.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(23):1743. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560230045032

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It is largely owing to the efforts of the medical profession that a new interest has been aroused regarding questions relating to sexual vice and a new sense of danger to the public welfare from the institution of prostitution has been excited. The problem is seen not only to involve a relaxation of public morals, but to threaten even the existence of the race. As a consequence of this increased interest, the so-called vice commission was appointed by the mayor of Chicago to investigate conditions in that city. In this investigation the medical aspects of the question were given due consideration and the commission contained in its membership five physicians whose advice and special knowledge were of great value. The general as well as the medical public naturally await with great interest the conclusions of this body which after long deliberation has now presented its report. This report is a

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