In discussing the duty of the state in relation to both syphilis and gonorrhea, we must recognize that, under the present status of public opinion, the state can accomplish very little, either by the enactment of new laws or by giving additional authority to boards of health; that before we seek aid from the state there must be created a public sentiment which will sustain action by authority, but there must also be a strong demand for state interference.
This can only be brought about by an educational movement, which shall begin in the home and continue in the high and preparatory schools and college.
The parents should explain how the race is perpetuated, the sacredness and responsibility of the relations of parents and children, the great moral and physical dangers that attend on the abuse of those functions, and that continence is not incompatible with health. The teacher or
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