CHAPTER X
ABOLITION AND DISEASE

Abolition not necessarily laissez-faire. -- Norwegian handling of disease problem. -- Danish plan. -- Italian plan. -- Voluntary and compulsory provisions compared. -- Denunciation of alleged sources of infection. -- Attendance at free dispensaries. -- Attitude of prostitutes, -- of medical practitioners. -- Notification of venereal disease. -- Hospital provisions for treatment in Great Britain, -- on the Continent. -- Statistics unreliable and imperfect -- Census of venereal disease in Prussia, -- in Sweden, -- Venereal disease in European armies. -- Regulation without effect in England -- Decline in amount of disease after its abolition. -- Prussian army statistics. -- Statistics from Christiania, -- from Copenhagen, -- from Zurich. -- Fluctuations in venereal infection. -- Reduction in amount of disease. -- Abolition more favorable to such effort than regulation.

IN the preceding chapter I remarked that though abolition may be accompanied by a laissez-faire policy, this is not necessarily the case. The situation in respect to venereal disease best illustrates this statement. We shall see that the public in England is well-nigh entirely indifferent on the subject; almost total laissez-faire prevails there. Abolition Scandinavia has, on the other hand, displayed great vigor and originality in grappling with the problem of disease. Abolition includes, therefore, the countries least active and most active in this respect, -- both extremes.

The Norwegians were in this matter first in the field with a scheme, the essential points of which can be most clearly stated by means of a contrast with regulation.

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