Combating disease

18 March 2016

March 17th, 1916.

THE National Council for Combating Venereal Diseases has put out an appeal for support in its effort to work along the lines laid down by the recent Royal Commission. One means which it proposes to employ is the inauguration of lectures drawing attention to the grave danger which exists, and, as all experience proves, will be greatly, intensified when the war is over. In short, a comprehensive educational campaign is contemplated. In order to its success, it is desirable to enlist the co-operation of all bodies which are engaged in work directly or indirectly connected with these diseases, and especially the County Councils and municipal authorities. For too long this painful subject has been shirked, from a false sense of delicacy. So long as, it was treated as a matter to which public allusion might scarcely be made, little could be done towards the suppression of an evil that was impairing the national vigour and endangering the welfare of coming generations. But with a more courageous attitude there has come a determination to bring to bear upon the question all the resources of medical science and the influences of religion and morality. The clergy will be able to give help to the Council.


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