Estimated Number of Cases of Syphilis Among Adults
During World War I, conscription and the medical examination of millions of draftees brought to the fore the extent of venereal
diseases among the U.S. population. Controlling these diseases, especially syphilis, among troops and in communities surrounding
military training camps became a major undertaking of the War Department. It used educational campaigns and propaganda, as
exemplified by this flier, and drew on medical research, including Heidelberger's, to counter the threat syphilis posed
to the nation's military manpower.
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Committee for Civilian Co-operation in Combating Venereal Diseases. Council of National Defense
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War I
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The Making of an Immunologist: Heidelberger's Years at the Rockefeller Institute, 1912-1927