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May 1943

News and Comment

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(5):699. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500230089017

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VENEREAL DISEASES DURING THE WAR  In his report as executive director of the American Social Hygiene Association, Dr. Walter Clarke stated that while the fight against venereal diseases is more effective in the present war than it was in the first World War it is not effective enough and the loss to the armed forces will be colossal unless civilians do their part much better. He referred to the intention of the federal government to build the armed forces up to 10,800,000 men and stated that if a venereal disease rate only one-half that of the first World War is achieved about 378,000 of these men will acquire syphilis or gonorrhea each year; that if the infected men lose on the average only one-half the time lost by first World War victims, the loss will total 7,560,000 man days per year and that this figure is equivalent to 21,000 men

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