National Geographic : 1930 Jul
The Great Imitator Mankind's most dangerous enemy is syph ilis. It takes the form of many diseases, masking as rheumatism, arthritis, physical exhaustion or nervous breakdown. It may seem to be a form of skin, eye, heart, wrAT lung, throat or kidney trouble. &. Most tragic of all, it often attacks the brain and spinal cord. It may result in blindness, deafness, locomotor ataxia, paralysis and insanity-a . life-long tragedy. No wonder it is called "The Great Imitator". In certain general hospitals, as high as 30% of all patients were found to be suffering directly or indirectly from this disease. Yet many of its victims had not known what was robbing them of health and strength untila medicalexamination,including -: blood and spinal fluid tests, revealed i their actual condition. FAi Syphilis can usually be cured by i competent physicians if detected in time and if the patient faithfully and persistentlyfollows the complete 6 treatment prescribed by his doctor. If the early stages are neglected, cures are less certain, but a great deal can still be done to relieve suffering. It is estimated that about thirteen million persons-one out of ten--in the S United States and Canada have or at S some time have had syphilis. Because of fear and ignorance, millions of victims have been imposed upon by quacks, charlatans and blackmailers pretending to practice medicine. A most effective way to reduce the amount of syphilis is the pre-natal treatment of mothers suffering from this destructive disease. Parents and teachers owe it to those dependent on them for education and guidance to replace secrecy by knowledge, frank instruction and friendly advice. Physicians, health S departments and social hygiene Societies willingly offer their aid. SThe Metropolitan Life Insurance SCompany will gladly mail, free, its booklet, "The Great Imitator". You are urged to send for it. Ask for Booklet 730-N. NOTE: The Metropolitan first published "The Great Imitator" in January, 1928. Since then, leaders of public health organizations and directors of big business have requested that it be republished and that booklets be provided for wide distribution. The booklets are ready. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."