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Luc XìProstitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi$
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Vu Trong Phung

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834678

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834678.001.0001

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A Few Statistics and a Little History

A Few Statistics and a Little History

(p.55) 3 A Few Statistics and a Little History
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides statistics to demonstrate the extent of the damage done by prostitution. In 1914, 74 percent of French soldiers in Tonkin had some form of venereal disease. Dr. Keller, who runs the Hanoi Ophthalmological Hospital, has confirmed that 70 percent of those who have lost the use of one eye or have become blind have done so as a result of exposure to the germ that causes gonorrhea. The director of the Hanoi Hygiene Bureau has also reported that of the four thousand infants who die right after birth, there are on average approximately one thousand infants who had skin diseases, thrush, were abandoned, were lost, or were hard to care for. According to science, these infants die because their mothers and fathers carry the venom of syphilis or the complications of that disease.

Keywords:   prostitution, venereal disease, gonorrhea, Hanoi Hygiene Bureau, syphilis

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