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October 20, 1906

WHAT SHALL WE TEACH THE PUBLIC REGARDING VENEREAL DISEASES?

Author Affiliations

Professor of Genitourinary Surgery, Medical Department of the St. Louis University. ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(16):1253-1258. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210160017001h
Abstract

It is the united sentiment of modern students of this subject, that as a measure of public safety if for no other reason, the public should be taught certain facts regarding the venereal diseases. To me has been delegated the duty of assisting in the discussion of what should properly be brought within this category.

Such teaching should be considered under two headings: that by means of printed communications, and that by means of lectures. The scope of the instruction embraced in the printed matter necessarily will be smaller than in a lecture or a series of lectures. Teaching in this manner has lately been undertaken in Germany by the Society for Combating Venereal Diseases, the national organization of that country for sanitary prophylaxis. This society has issued for general distribution two circulars on the subject, one for women and one for men;1 written in the simplest possible language,

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