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Medicine: Cured by the Draft

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Newspapers last week burst out with startling news—the Army is inducting men with venereal diseases. Fact is, the Army has been inducting gonorrheal cases for many months, but has not publicized its policy.

The exact number of gonorrheal cases inducted varies from month to month within each corps area, depending upon the hospital facilities for curing them. But such cases do not exceed 2% of the total number of inducted men. Men are now being drafted so fast, however, that this small percentage of gonorrheal cases may run into many thousands a month. The Army accepts only men whose infection is “uncomplicated”—i.e., usually not more than three or four months old.

The diseased men are treated with sulfathiozol, which usually removes danger of contagion within three days, clears it up within five days. Obstinate infections get further treatment, may be released if hopeless. Syphilitics are not being drafted: their cure is more difficult. One reason for inducting gonorrheal cases: in World War I many men tried to escape the draft by deliberately contracting gonorrhea.

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