The Nation's Health Volume 3, Nos. 5-12

The Nation's Health Volume 3, Nos. 5-12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...Disease Additional light is shed on the much mooted question as to the efficiency of medical prophylaxis in the control of veneral disease by the compilations published in Social Hygiene by Colonel P. M. Washburn, M.C., U.S.A., at one time in charge of the venereal disease control measures in the United States Army. Common reference to the practically certain prevention of venereal infection by the practice of immediate self-disinfection has brought with it the suggestion that similar plans be carried on among the civilian population. The returns from 13,648 questionnaires of members of the American Expeditionary Forces indicated that whereas 'there was one venereal infection out of every thirty unprotected contacts, there was one infection for ninety exposures where medical prophylaxis was employed, a reduction of about one-third in the incidence of infection in favor of prophylaxis. More recently a study by Colonel Washburn among 5,959 men who admitted 85,400 contacts revealed that while there was one infection to 120.7 exposures after neglect of prophylaxis there was one infection to 172.4 exposures followed by its use, indicating that the use of prophylaxis reduces the liability to infection by about 30 per cent. "Medical prophy laxis of venereal disease appears less effective than the American Expeditionary Forces inquiry indicated," states Colonel Washburn, "but still worth while." On the other hand, he asserts, "There is little doubt in my mind that the exaggerated claim made as to the efficiency of prophylaxis in the American Expeditionary Forces did harm by removing from many men wholesome fear of venereal disease, by giving some men the idea that illicit intercourse was sanctioned, and by...
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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 889g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894650
  • 9781236894656