Medicine: Syphilis & Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was Governor of New York, he considered the control of venereal disease his State's biggest public health problem. To lead the attack on something which Society rates below the polite conversation line but which causes a larger economic loss to the country than any other disease, he took Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. from the U. S. Public Health Service, where he had long been Assistant Surgeon General in charge of venereal disease control. As New York State's Commissioner of Health (salary $12,000), Dr. Parran began to spend $15,000 to $20,000 a year for prophylactic stations, clinics, moving...

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