When studying medicine I was taught, not only by one but by many, that if I would attain to the greatest degree of success in the profession I must treat every patient who presented, no matter what his social position or standing, age, or other condition, as if he were infected with venereal disease until I had proved to the contrary. At that time I could not fully credit the statement and questioned the observation of the men who made it. I entered practice about ten years ago, in a town with an average population of 500, which for all practical purposes of this paper is an ordinary country village, isolated from the rest of the world and a great distance from any city. There was no house of prostitution in the township, and no public prostitute has existed within its borders since my residence there, but time and experience
GATES WC. VENEREAL DISEASE AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM. JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):884–885. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.52470130032002j
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