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cients, the Millers, .headed by Joe
Cantillon, chasing them across the
Mrs. Havenor has done other
things to add to the treasury reserve
sinqe she was widowed. Last year
she sold Ray S chalk, who is now the
first-string White Sox catcher, for
something like $15,000; "Nemo" Lei
bold, the midget phenom, was sold to
the Cleveland club for a fanqy.pjie,'
while this year -the White Sox paid
$18,000 in cash and players for Larry
Chappell to this woman pennant winner.
In Massachusetts all streams of
water unsuited for drinking must be
marked so that the fact cannot be
PUBLICITY FOR VICE DISEASES?
If you had smallpox or diphtheria or scarlet fever, no doctor would
hesitate to say, at once, that you qught to be Quarantined and a sign posted
so that others could keep away from danger. t
In every place that we know of, the law would require-this and the
doctor who failed to report the case would be subject to punishment.
In Pennsylvania the other day the State Medical Society had a brisk
discussionaon whether it should recommend a lawquarantihing, male and
female alike, -victims of those two other infectious diseases' which we
squeamishly speak of as "social diseases" disease's due to vice. JPretty
uniformly the' surgeons said yes and" the general practitioner said no, not
You can easily understand why the division should follow those lines.
The surgeons see more of the mischief wrought by these diseases than the
doctors see, for it furnishes about half of .their work. But they deal less
with the direct than with the indirect victims. They would not have "to
bear the brunt of the battle for publicity, as the doctors would. .
This doesn't mean, though, that doctors are mostly cowards. Par
from it. The doctors, we guess, would hail such a law with, pleasure if it
were supported strongly by public sentiment. They are doing much to de
velop such a sentiment. They naturally aren't anxious to have the law -until
there is enough sentiment to make it effective.
After threshing over the subject for two days, the Pennsylvania doc
tors united in recommending that hospitals receiving state aid be obliged
to receive patients suffering from these diseases and that as soon as ade
quale hospital facilities had been arranged cases should be reported and!
Here again the factor of sentiment comes in. Even to get adequate!
hospital facilities it must be reckoned with. From most hospitals such:
cases are now-debarred because of the prejudice of other patients. In few
cities are the facilities anywhere- near equal to the need and in none is the
public health work sufficiently supported, to insure the right treatment foe
all infected persons who dannot or do not buy it themselves. v
There, kind reader, is where you come in. Do you think that the man?
or woman who, by vicious living, incurs a disease which-menaces the health!
of others, including children unborn; which causes more than half of thet
blindness among children; which is the cause of at least half of the sur
gical operations on women, the majority of whom have been' themselves'
without guilt helpless sacrifices to male lust; and which has greatly
thrived under the policy of secrecy and silence, should be made to faces
a new responsibility? If so, how much? " i
Or are you satisfied to let bad enough alone? ,l
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