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October 1969

News and Notes

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor Department of Dermatology Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(4):490-492. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610280108028

National Professional Conference on Venereal Disease.—  A National Professional Conference on Venereal Disease was held at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, May 10, 1969. The conference was sponsored by the American Social Health Association in cooperation with the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association. The conference studied the alarming increase in venereal disease as well as the role of private medicine in dealing with this increase.The magnitude of the problem was illustrated by the 1968 National Survey of VD Incidence.1 A total of 206,283 medical and osteopathic physicians were asked, by questionnaire, how many cases of syphilis and gonorrhea they had treated during the period of April 1 through June 30, 1968. By extrapolating the data from the 65.3% who replied, the survey attempted a more accurate definition of the problem than could be provided by evaluating only reported cases of venereal

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