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This photograph shows physicians and patients in a clinic run by the WPA.

This photograph shows a trailer clinic in rural Georgia. There is a physician and some African American patients outside the trailer. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in…

This graphic highlights the important steps in controlling TB and syphilis. It is from a reprint of Parran's article in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans.

This pictorial statistic shows the rates at which syphilis is detected via Wasserman exams when it is given routinely and only when the illness is suspected. The image is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the…

This poster shows 4 men in hospital beds. Each of them explains his error that led to contracting VD: "I could pick the safe ones," "I tried to treat myself," "I refused prophylaxis," "I knew it all. I ignored the advice of my CO my chaplain and the…

This pictorial statistic shows the results for patients who underwent treatment according to different schedules--continuous, intermittent, and irregular. Continuous treatment led to the most satisfactory outcomes for patients while irregular…

"A bit of blood is carefully drawn from the arm for the blood test. It's as simple as a smallpox vaccination."

"The completed blood test. The milky solution on the right shows syphilis. THe clear solution means health."

Detail from an…

"Self-treatment and the quack are useless in syphilis. See your doctor of local clinic for adequate treatment."

"Find syphilis early. Serum from the first sore may reveal syphilis even before the blood test will show it."

Detail from an…
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