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March 1, 1965

Veneers of Venereal Disease

JAMA. 1965;191(9):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080090081035

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To the Editor:—  Although very much has recently been published in medical journals urging physicians to join the "campaign" against venereal disease, dishearteningly little has been reaffirmed about the basic epidemiology, and the ideal preventive, of this scourge.The statistics shown to us must certainly be true. Throughout the nation, the incidence of syphilis and gonorrhea is sharply increasing. An integral part of this increase is the horrifying extent of the diseases in the young, and the sickening increase due to homosexuality.I see no gain in deceiving ourselves, much less those whose health is entrusted to our care, by stating that the medical profession is capable of rapidly curing and eradicating both of these diseases. Nor is it true that the spread of these diseases is a measure of failure of the medical practitioner. One medical source has gone so far as to say that medical societies should "exert

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