Medicine: VD Balance Sheet

For ten years Surgeon General Thomas Parran had waged war to the death against venereal disease. How was the fight going? In a campaign report last week, his lieutenants candidly answered: "We must admit frankly that progress has not been too satisfactory." Authors of this cards-on-the-table report (The Control of Venereal Disease, Reynal & Hitchcock, $2.75): Dr. Raymond A. Vonderlehr and Dr. John R. Heller, past and present chiefs of the U.S. Public Health Service's VD division. Actually the vigorous U.S. campaign, despite defeats, has been far from a failure.

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