The need to reduce the serious inroads by syphilis on the health of the citizens is generally recognized as an outstanding public health problem and is heartily approved by the medical profession. It is likewise recognized that the incidence of syphilis could be rapidly reduced by the effective control measures now available. The practicing physician should be an indispensable cog in such a program. Such recognition, however, will be attained only providing he gives more enthusiastic support to this program. The apathy shown by the majority of the members of the profession must be overcome. If physicians insist on pursuing a standpat policy, the socialization of infectious genital diseases will most certainly be forced on us. The solution lies in the hands of the physicians, if they will meet the problem.
The American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology should assume the leadership that rightly belongs to it in this program.
SHAFFER LW. PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS IN CONTROL OF SYPHILIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(5):904–911. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490110090013
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