JAMA. 1903;XL(4):232-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490040028001g.
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In attempting to speak on the prophylaxis of venereal diseases before so highly a representative body, the reader is conscious of the fact that he has only very little to offer that is new and that has not already engaged the minds of his peers assembled here. The topic is of vast importance to "the well-being of the people, whose working and earning capacity is encroached on, not so much by the active accidents caused by those diseases, but much more through their chronic manifestations, especially in women. My object is that the profession as a whole should take cognizance of this ever-present scourge and its dangers to society, through the medium of the American Medical Association, and that a propaganda of action should be instituted by the members in their different states to devise measures for diminishing the spread of and for reducing the morbidity and


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