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September 27, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390042007

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We present this week a portion of the proceedings of the International Conference for the Prevention of Syphilis and Venereal Disease, recently held at Brussels, and the report will be completed in our next issue. As perhaps might have been expected, no very definite statement of policy was agreed on; the differences of opinion were not less marked than at the earlier congress three years ago. It is evident that absolute agreement as regards the questions of regulation of prostitution is still far off, and that neither this congress nor perhaps many future ones will end the discussion.

The agitation of moral questions will never be successfully suppressed, and as the world progresses they are becoming still more important factors in our civilization. There is one here involved that will not be readily downed, and which—even if regulation were an unqualified success, which admittedly it is not—would still arise to

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