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January 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480010041006

All who are interested in the welfare of the race, as regards the confessedly growing danger from venereal diseases, are agreed that the most potent possible prophylactic factor under present circumstances is the spread of true ideas as to these diseases, their not uncommon significance for the deterioration of the general health, and their frequent obstinancy to effectual treatment. The necessity for the education of the public has been often pointed out. As a matter of fact, medical opinion in these matters has changed very much in the last twenty years, and at present there is no subject in medicine in which popular and scientific opinions are farther apart than as to the significance and curability of venereal disease. Of this change in medical opinion the general public is, unfortunately, unaware.

Since the discovery of gonococcus, medical knowledge has advanced so rapidly that even specialists have had to modify their