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January 1943

News and Comment

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(1):109. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500190112015

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THE ROLE OF THE PHARMACIST IN CONTROLLING VENEREAL DISEASES  Pharmacists are playing an important role in the wartime control of venereal diseases, the American Hygiene Association announced in making available to the medical profession a report based on a recently completed survey.Drugstore counter prescribing for syphilis and gonorrhea has greatly decreased, the association reports. Forty-six cities in fifteen states were visited and 716 drugstores studied. Only 11 per cent of the drugstores visited offered diagnosis and treatment for conditions presumed to be syphilis and gonorrhea. Thirty-two per cent sold remedies on specific request but did not attempt to diagnose, and 57 per cent urged immediate and well qualified medical care. In a large proportion of the drugstores where remedies are stocked and sold, the druggist advised that "self medication is bad and dangerous business."

DEATHS  Dr. Frank W. Cregor died on Dec. 9, 1942, at Indianapolis.

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