REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE SECTION ON STATE MEDICINE OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Journal of the American Medical Association
Several arguments might be advanced in support of the view that syphilitic infection is less common among Jews, and, at the same time, general paralysis is more frequent. It may be that those exciting factors that play such an important rôle in the production of general paralysis are relatively very frequent among the Jews A further possibility is that other forms of insanity are comparatively rare, thus reducing the total Jewish population of the asylums, but relatively increasing the number
... easing the number of paretics. In view of these possibilities, the argument loses its effect as against the prophylactic value of circumcision in preventing the spread of syphilis. Many in our profession, realizing-the disastrous effects of syphilis, have earnestly advocated the legal regulation of prostitution. In view of the doubtful efficacy of registration and examination, I would earnestly invite their attention to the figures contained in this paper. It is an operation that is simple, devoid of mortality or disfigurement, against which nothing can be said, and which has as a result, if universally applied, a lessening of the most disastrous of venereal diseases from 50 to 75 per cent. I earnestly hope that they will give attention to this matter, and throw the weight of their authority in favor of the operation. It is a practical means of reform, ready to hand, and its application is within the reach of every physician.