National Geographic : 1940 Feb
Fighting Another Plague COUNTLESS AMERICANS TODAY have enlisted in the fight against a great plague-syphilis. They have learned that syphilis can be cured and syphilis in the newborn prevented-by prompt, proper treatment. , Thanks to this national awakening, two and one half times as many cases were reported for treatment in 1938 as in 1928, according to infor mation from the U. S . Public Health Service and private physicians all over the country! And more Americans now than ever before realize that, while syphilis may be acquired in nocently, no one need remain in doubt as to whether he or she has syphilis. They have learned that a thorough medical check up, including blood test and microscopic examination, reveals the truth to the skilled physician. , So in 1938, five times as many blood tests for syphilis were made as in 1930! Every thoughtful citizen, naturally interested in stamping out this menace, should know and help to make known the following cardinal prin ciples concerning syphilis: 1. Prompt recognition of the disease is vital. 2. There is as yet no practical short - cut treatment. Self-treatment, non-professional treatment, quack remedies are worse than useless. The guidance of a reputable physician is the first dependable step toward real cure. Proper treatment consists of a systematic series of injections given by a compe tent doctor over a period of many weeks. In progressive communities throughout the country, examinations, blood tests, and treat ments are being made available to those unable to pay for private care. Names of doctors and locations of public health centers and clinics of fering these services are readily supplied by local health departments or county medical societies. 1 So that you may better understand the syphilis problem, let us give you additional information about this disease. For free Metropolitan book let, "The Great Imitator," write to Dept. 240-N . * * * February 1st Is Social Hygiene Day: American So cial Hygiene Association Headquarters, 50 W. 50th St., N. Y. C., will gladly send you literature and full particulars. COPYRIGHT1s40-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCECO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) FrederickH. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.