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Canary to sparrow; what is in a name?
  1. Jennifer Hopwood,
  2. Harry Mallinson,
  3. Sally Wellsteed
  1. Chlamydia Pilot Office, Evidence Based Practice Centre, St Catherine's Hospital, Church Road, Birkenhead CH42 0LQ
  1. Dr Hopwood

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Editor,—The Contagious Diseases Act of 1864 allowed for the compulsory arrest, examination, and treatment of women considered (by an all male board) to be of loose morals. Women were detained in the so called “Canary wards” and their identity made clear by the …

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