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PUBLIC HEALTH   97

of learning until they have secured proper certificates of vaccination. While. some controversy is still maintained as to the benefits of vaccination, the fact remains that in Ontario, where the practice is almost universal, smallpox is becoming more and more rare. The epidemics for many years have been more or less local in character, and the disease has been brought in in the first place by persons who have become infected out of the Province.

The attention of medical science and of the public has been directed, owing to conditions arising out of the Great War, to the terrible ravages made in civilized countries by venereal disease. Numerous bodies have been formed for the purpose of combating this terrible social plague with its fearful consequences, not only to those who are the victims of their own habits but to innocent persons. The Provincial Government appointed Mr. Justice Hodgins a commissioner to enquire as to the best methods of treating the disease and the prevention of infection, and as a result of his report in 1918 The Venereal Diseases Prevention Jct was passed.


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