Chamberlain-Kahn Act

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Chamberlain-Kahn Act 

Chamberlain-Kahn Act image from New Medical Terms

fille de joie, circa WWI


Legislation enacted by the US Congress in 1918, which supported local and state initiatives to quarantine and isolate individuals suspected of having a sexually-transmitted disease—STD.

At least 20,000 (suspected) prostitutes were quarantined and thousands more incarcerated during World War I in an effort to prevent the spread of syphilis and other STDs. 

References Science 1988; 239:375
Annual Report of the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service of the United States, Government Printing Office, 1919. 

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