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October 14, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(16):987-988. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450680055010

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The Journal has already noticed the Michigan law making it a felony for any person with uncured gonorrhea or syphilis to marry. The Health Commissioner of Detroit has introduced a resolution to be voted on at the next board meeting, that it urge "all persons legally authorized to perform the marriage ceremony to require a certificate of health from a reputable physician before proceeding to perform the ceremony." One difficulty of such a regulation will be the determination as to when syphilis or gonorrhea is cured, medical opinion having, as is well known, a wide range as to this special point. If, for example, the Noeggerath theory of latent gonorrhea happens to be held by the physician, it will be difficult for him to honestly grant the desired certificate, and the question of when one is through with syphilis is one of the greatest uncertainties in medicine. Undoubtedly the law

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