Medicine: Syphilis Tests

One out of every ten persons in the U. S. contracts syphilis at some time in his life. Twenty-six States have laws aimed at preventing the marriage of infected persons, but the American Social Hygiene Association regards the laws of only nine of these States as effective.* Among the most thoroughgoing is a New York law which requires physical examinations as well as Wassermann or Kahn tests for syphilis from all prospective brides and grooms. Tests for gonorrhea are not required, since they are not yet reliable or practical enough for large-scale use....

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