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October 20, 1906

THE DUTY OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TO THE PUBLIC IN THE MATTER OF VENEREAL DISEASES, AND HOW TO DISCHARGE IT.

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ANN ARBOR, MICH.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(16):1246-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210160010001c
Abstract

Ignorance is the condition which alone makes slavery and oppression possible.

This applies to the tyranny of disease quite as much as to the unjust dominion of man over man. Nothing should stand in the way of emancipating mankind from the tyranny of disease and especially of those diseases that are most destructive and wide-reaching in their effects.

Physicians alone know the truth as to the widespread ravages of venereal diseases and on them rests primarily the duty of disseminating that truth so effectually that the way of escape from their dire effects may be made plain; and adequate safeguards for the protection of the innocent may be created.

WHERE AND HOW SHOULD THIS TRUTH BE MADE KNOWN?  So self-evident are the three leading propositions that head this paper that they need no discussion. The consensus of medical opinion the world over declares that the time is at hand for

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