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This film begins with the story of a young Italian-American couple whose baby is stillborn due to syphilis. It also tells the story of a young man who contracts the illness from a brothel. The film explains the effects of syphilis, emphasizes the…

This is a sexual education film. It address hormones, anatomy, physical health, masterbation, venereal disease, and abstinence. (Click on the link below to download from OPA.)

This comic poster warns audiences about the dangers of quack doctors offering fake cures for VD.

This photograph shows a display in a pharmacy window. It includes posters, infographics, and objects related to syphilis control.

This poster warns audiences about quack doctors, treatments, and advertisements. It is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"'Ads' in newspapers, booklets and tin signs are put out by 'quacks' to get money from ignorant boys and men. Patent…

This poster describes the importance of treatment. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Gonorrhea and syphilis usually can be cured if treatment is given early enough by a reputable physician or at a clinic :…

This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

This cartoon shows boats labeled law, education, scientific medicine, and public health sweeping away mines representing quackery to safeguard the "National Anti-Syphilis Campaign" ship. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

This comic strip is one in the "Health Helps" series. It shows a worker, Jerry, who visits a quack for syphilis treatment. His employer advises him to see his family physician. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

This infographic presents the steps industry should take to help control syphilis among their employees and within the community. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

This image is a poster warning audiences about quack treatments. It urges people to see a physician or health officer. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This is an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

"See your doctor or health officer"

In this comic a sailor contracts VD from a pick-up, uses quack medicine to try and cure the illness, and then is sick in the midst of battle. Later his fellow sailors chastise him and tell him to see the medical officer.

"Don't go to a quack doctor : Don't buy home remedies : If you think you have a Venereal Disease...See Your Medical Officer At Once : The Army Has the Best Drugs and the Best Treatment"

This poster discourages servicemen from seeking treatment…

This film portrays syphilis as a threat to the war effort and urges citizens to help fight against it. It presents public health control methods and "social protection" concerns. Click on the link below to download from OPA.

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.

This poster discourages the use of home remedies to treat gonorrhea.

"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."

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