Chamberlain-Kahn ActJoe Segen2016-12-12T08:44:14+00:00
fille de joie, circa WWI
MICROBIOLOGY, PUBLIC HEALTH
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.