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September 23, 1911

REPORTABILITY OF SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA

Author Affiliations

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(13):1049-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090271010
Abstract

The action of the California State Board of Health in declaring syphilis and gonorrhea reportable diseases is the most important step in this relation that has, as yet, been taken in this country. In a word, it places these two diseases where they belong. It is the result of a straightforward, logical, scientific point of view, unbiased and untrammeled by any smaller consideration than that of the public health of this great state and is prompted by the conviction that boards of health and physicians are to a large degree responsible for that public health.

It thus adds another powerful factor to public hygiene and is destined to define more clearly the relation between physician and society.

It is certain to stimulate the unthinking practitioner, whose motto is "the way we did twenty years ago is good enough for me," into a realization that there is a sociologic and scientific

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