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September 1940

THE "SPIRITUAL" VALUE OF SYPHILIS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(3):470-474. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490150074013

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Abstract

Thirty years ago claims for the spiritual and moral value of syphilis were upheld by many "good people." In 1911 in the state of New York the passage of a law was almost secured to penalize persons responsible for announcements that venereal diseases are curable. It was argued that such information would help to make vice safe and would therefore promote immorality. Much of that attitude still exists and is the basis for much opposition to all education for venereal prophylaxis.

A friend, who is much interested in such education, restated to me all the objections to such education which had come to his notice. He knew of my successful opposition to the passage of the bill referred to, and he also knew of my amoral attitude to every aspect of sex. He asked me to answer the objections which he had relayed to me. Herein I give his version

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