The Scars of Venus: A History of Venereology

Overview

In the last decade of the 15th century a new and deadly disease called Morbus Gallicus, or syphilis, appeared and spread rapidly throughout Europe. The effects of syphilis were so severe that it, and those suffering from it, where regarded with horror and despair. It is difficult for the modern reader to appreciate the fog of confusion which surrounded sexually transmitted diseases in earlier times. Those suffering with these diseases were often condemned as victims of their own "sinful lust of the flesh"; a ...
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Overview

In the last decade of the 15th century a new and deadly disease called Morbus Gallicus, or syphilis, appeared and spread rapidly throughout Europe. The effects of syphilis were so severe that it, and those suffering from it, where regarded with horror and despair. It is difficult for the modern reader to appreciate the fog of confusion which surrounded sexually transmitted diseases in earlier times. Those suffering with these diseases were often condemned as victims of their own "sinful lust of the flesh"; a judgement attitude which hindered most of the early attempts at control and treatment. Despite this general attitude, there were some doctors who persevered in their attempts to understand the causes and discover treatments for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Scars of Venus is illustrated with pictures of people, places, instruments and documents. It presents the historical background and achievements of the early venereologists through to the current venereologists' fight against HIV. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with venereal diseases: doctors, nurses, counsellors, laboratory workers, medical historians, and those working in the areas of public/world health and the spread of infectious diseases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447120704
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Origins.- 2 The French Disease.- 3 “Mr Hunter’s singular opinions”: Early and Experimental Syphilis.- 4 “He sees syphilis everywhere”: Late Syphilis.- 5 “The sins of the fathers”: Congenital Syphilis.- 6 Spirochaeta pallida: The Microbiology of Syphilis.- 7 “For one pleasure a thousand pains”: The Treatment of Syphilis.- 8 Chancroid and Donovanosis.- 9 Gonorrhoea Virulenta.- 10 Gonorrhoea after Neisser.- 11 Viruses and Chlamydiae.- 12 Venereologists and Others.- 13 Public Health Matters.- 14 No Happy Ending.- Chronology of Events.- References and Recommended Further Reading.
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