The Scars of Venus: A History of Venereology by J.David Oriel

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By J.David Oriel

In the decade of the fifteenth century a brand new and lethal affliction referred to as Morbus Gallicus, or syphilis, seemed and unfold speedily all through Europe. the results of syphilis have been so serious that it, and people being affected by it, the place appeared with horror and melancholy. it really is tricky for the fashionable reader to understand the fog of bewilderment which surrounded sexually transmitted ailments in prior instances. these discomfort with those illnesses have been frequently condemned as sufferers in their personal "sinful lust of the flesh"; a judgement perspective which hindered lots of the early makes an attempt at keep an eye on and therapy. regardless of this basic angle, there have been a few medical professionals who continued of their makes an attempt to appreciate the reasons and realize remedies for syphilis and different sexually transmitted ailments. The Scars of Venus is illustrated with photos of individuals, locations, tools and records. It offers the old history and achievements of the early venereologists via to the present venereologists' struggle opposed to HIV. This publication might be of curiosity to someone eager about venereal ailments: medical professionals, nurses, counsellors, laboratory staff, scientific historians, and people operating within the components of public/world well-being and the unfold of infectious diseases.

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The Scars of Venus: A History of Venereology

Within the final decade of the fifteenth century a brand new and lethal illness known as Morbus Gallicus, or syphilis, seemed and unfold quickly all through Europe. the consequences of syphilis have been so critical that it, and people struggling with it, the place seemed with horror and depression. it really is tough for the fashionable reader to understand the fog of bewilderment which surrounded sexually transmitted illnesses in previous occasions.

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5), a contemporary of Hunter and Bell. Of Swedish descent, Swediaur was born near Linz, in Austria, and received his medical education at Vienna 18 . 5. Francois-Xavier Swediaur (1748-1824). 32 "MR HUNTER'S SINGULAR OPINIONS": EARLY AND EXPERIMENTAL SYPHILIS influential physicians and soon built up a large practice. In 1783 he visited Cullen - one of Bell's former teachers - in Edinburgh: "A pale youth, made thin by long vigils passed in study, presented himself ... He held under his arm a manuscript [of his work on venereal diseases].

Ricord ~ave careful thought to the natural history of syphilis. This subject had been tackled many times by earlier investigators, and various systems based on pathological anatomy, dermatological signs and so on had been suggested. Ricord proposed a simple scheme which was to become generally accepted30 : (1) Primary lesion, a chancre, the immediate result of contagion. (2) Secondary lesions, constitutional poisoning, resulting from that infection. (3) Tertiary lesions [gummas], which rarely appeared before the end of the sixth month, and whose development could be delayed for many years.

While standing in the pen watching him examine some infected monkeys I felt a slight tugging at my coat, and turned to find a syphilitic almond-eyed goat nibbling at the hem. " Much was learned from these experiments, but large animals are expensive; suitable small animals proved very difficult to find, although rabbits could be infected with human syphilis, developing primary and secondary lesions. Unfortunately neither rabbits, monkeys or any other animal develop any disease resembling late syphilis.

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