Medicine: Safeguard Baby

Mrs. Virginia D. Virgin has charge of the campaign to suppress venereal diseases in West Virginia. Dr. Edith MacBride-Dexter has similar charge in Pennsylvania. In Illinois the executive is Dr. John McShane. Eighteen months ago these jobs were obscure ones. Then, with an article in Reader's Digest, Surgeon General Thomas Parran of the U. S. Public Health Service opened a campaign to cure the 6,500,000 syphilitics in the U. S., prevent a new crop of 500,000 cases developing each year. First he was obliged to destroy national taboo against discussing venereal disease...

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