Medicine: Millions v. Germs

Congress last week agreed to inject the U. S. with $3,000,000 this year, $5,000,000 next year and $7,000,000 in 1940 to exterminate the germs which cause syphilis (Treponema pallidum), gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae), and the third but least harmful of the major venereal diseases, chancroid (Hemophilus ducreyi). The money is to be allotted to State and city health officials to buy medicines, to pay doctors and clinics for treatment of venereal victims.

The U. S. Assistant Surgeon General, solemn, tight-voiced Raymond Aloysius Vonderlehr, specialist on these diseases, figures that the U. S....

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