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July 1947

The Control of Venereal Diseases

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(1):137-138. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520070140019

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This book is a frank survey of the problem of controlling venereal disease. It is a logical successor to two previous works dealing with venereal disease: first, the heroic "Shadow on the Land," written in 1937 by Thomas Parran, M.D., and then, four years later, "Plain Words About Venereal Disease," by Parran and Vonderlehr.

This volume contains fifteen chapters on the progress made in bringing the subject of venereal disease to public attention, a brief sketch of the nature and treatment of gonorrhea and syphilis, the important problem of case finding and, finally, the task of prevention. The authors properly point out the emergency measures that were necessary during the war to control venereal disease. Admittedly, these were adopted for a short range program, with special emphasis placed on chemical prophylaxis and little effort made toward moral training. There is a comprehensive account of venereal disease control as exercised during

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