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December 22, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(25):2076-2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210250030001i

The matter of restriction of venereal diseases was called to my attention six years ago, by the manager of the Minnesota Iron Company, which is now a part of the United States Steel corporation.

The company owned mines and employed men on the Mesaba and Vermilion Iron Ranges in Northern Minnesota. Hospitals were built and physicians were appointed to look after the sick and injured. The business policy of the management was to keep the mines constantly in operation.

All sanitary and hygienic matters received marked attention; epidemics were stamped out or controlled as soon as possible. The company owned a majority of the houses in which its employés lived, which fact gave it autocratic power.

Complaints reached the management that the efficiency of their working force was badly crippled by many of their men being "laid up on account of some woman disease."

As physician in charge of one

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