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Lecture 5

Lecture 5 In-class Notes [Syphilis]

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Caroline Barakat

Lecture 5 - Syphilis (the great pox) Feb 3, 2010 History - 1494 King Charles VIII of France invades Italy - Outbreak of a new epidemic in Naples - Following year mysterious affliction reported in England, France, Germany... - Columbus return from the New World to Europe - 1530 (Pope Julius II) described Syphilis. Was contagious, happened when a man was with unclean woman. Rash all over body Theories 1) Intorudce to Europe by Christopher Columbus and his men upon returning from the new world 2) Was endemic inAfrica and made its way up to the Mediterranean, became wide spread and by the 16th century, 25% of Europe was infected. Origins of the term Syphilis - Girolamo Fracastro (1478-1553) - Venetian physician - 1530 epic - Syphilis sive morbus gallicus (Syphilis or The French Disease) - Poem about a shepherd boy named Syphilus who insulted a God and was punished by that god with a horrible disease Other terms for Syphilis - The French Disase, Italian disease, Spanish disease, great pox..
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