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November 4, 1911

Object-Lessons on Venereal Disease

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Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(19):1554. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110054026

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To the Editor:  —In view of the recent papers and discussions on the subject of venereal disease (The Journal, Sept. 23, 1911, p. 1052) and the excellent exposé of the Interstate Remedy Co. (The Journal, Oct. 7, 1911, p. 1222), it may be of interest to describe some of the details of perhaps the first evidence, on a large scale, that far-sighted business men are awakening to the importance of the popular hygiene, and especially of combating venereal disease.The National Cash Register Company, of Dayton, O., has about 6,000 employees in its factory. A welfare department is maintained in the interests of the employees and every man and woman must undergo a medical examination before going on the pay-rolls; venereal disease, if detected, bars an applicant from employment.In spite of the unusual precautions, the officers of the company have long felt that their factories have nearly their full

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