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Social Services and Venereal Disease

Nature volume 142, page 641 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE Secretariat of the League of Nations has recently issued an account of the systems prevailing in different countries for the provision of social, as well as medical, services in the treatment of venereal disease (“Social Services and Venereal Disease”. Geneva: League of Nations; London: Allen and Unwin. 1938. Is. 3d.). The necessity for cheap medical treatment for venereal disease is now widely recognized, in some countries is compulsory, in others, including the United Kingdom, it is voluntary but is encouraged by the State. There is not the same wide recognition of the need for social help, and the number of countries where social service is combined with medical treatment at clinics and hospitals is still comparatively small. Where they exist, these social services take different forms. An account is given in the booklet of the systems in use in the United Kingdom and France, and suggestions are given for future planning which should prove of value to social workers in all countries.

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