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May 1953

SYPHILIS: A Review of the Recent Literature

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA; WILMINGTON, DEL. With the Collaboration of Frank W. Reynolds, M.D., and T. Guthe, M.D., Geneva, Switzerland

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(5):633-674. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240170059006


Sex Habits of Young Men.  —According to a letter received by the American Medical Association,178 Dr. Tore Berdal, of the Norwegian Army Medical Service, has undertaken a sort of Kinsey survey of the Norwegian soldiers who served in the army of occupation in Germany in 1949. A questionnaire was addressed to 2,750 privates and corporals, of whom 2,717 replied. The response to these questionnaires was not compulsory, yet only about 1% of the recipients left them blank. About 42% had had sexual intercourse during their six months' sojourn in Germany, and approximately one-third of the Norwegian forces in Germany must have had sexual intercourse with women more or less unknown to them. In Berdal's opinion this percentage is surprisingly high considering that fraternizing with the Germans was not permitted. The frequency of sexual intercourse was considerably lower (35.4%) among soldiers recruited from country districts in Norway than among soldiers

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