Medicine: Problem of Two Professions

The American Medical Association threw a bolo punch last week at U.S. doctors who violate the ethics of their ancient profession by cooperating with one reputed to be even older. "The physician who examines prostitutes and gives them certificates implying freedom from venereal disease," said the A.M.A.'s Journal, "is a collaborator in an unlawful racket. He aids a business which degrades morals, causes corruption and spreads dangerous infections."

Law enforcement, said the Journal, is more difficult in places where prostitution wears "the respectable mantle" of medical supervision. "Prostitutes and their agents want 'health cards' for their value in attracting trade . ....

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