In discussing the relation of venereal diseases to the state, there is but little to be said regarding the menace these diseases constitute to the social and financial stability of the state, or regarding their effect on the future of the race, that has not already been said. The medical profession, the most familiar with this scourge which threatens all our avenues of prosperity, has yet to be aroused to the importance which the subject demands.
We are accustomed, and rightly, to point to the great progress which with giant strides has been carrying us forward in seeking out and in preventing many of the pestilential diseases that annually decimated our population; with a justifiable pride we have asked the world to see the suffering assuaged and the lives preserved by modern methods of surgery. The laity has joined us in smiting the great white plague until we have reduced
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