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September 30, 1899

VENEREAL DISEASE AND THE BRUSSELS CONFERENCE.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(14):866. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450660056011

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Abstract

The discussion of regulation of venereal diseases at the Brussels conference of social hygiene, September 4 and 5, was notable for the number of participants and the very widely differing views expressed. As the report in the British Medical Journal states it, no decision of any kind was arrived at in the two days' discussions, it having revealed the greatest differences of opinion and the utter absence of any trustworthy data for the formation of sound conclusions. Statistics were handled freely on both sides; there was no lack of authority in favor of either of the combated views. The zeal of the speakers is evidenced by the fact that calls to order by the president appeared to be frequent. It is perhaps to be regretted that the expression of opinions was not confined to medical men, as the participation of lay advocates of abolition of supervision detracted somewhat from the

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