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March 4, 1905

WHAT IS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TOWARD THE SOCIAL EVIL?

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BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(9):679-681. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500360005002a
Abstract

The "social evil" is a euphemism for what F. H. Gerrish better characterizes as "mercenary sexual debauchery." The marriage of one man to one wife,1 by which the man and the woman are henceforth no longer twain, but one flesh, constitutes the very foundation of all true social progress; this is the unit which in the aggregate forms a social fabric in which right rules, virtue is honored and God is revered, and against which no corruptive force can ever prevail.

Prostitution is unlawful sexual commerce, in which the prostitutes, male and female, while united in the sight of God, yet seek to avoid those responsibilities of perpetual mutual care and service, the necessary concomitants of the first commandment ever given to man and associated with blessing: "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth." There can result from this unnatural bond no increment by which the state is

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