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The Hidden Affliction: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Infertility in History

Editor: Simon Szreter.

Rochester (NY): University of Rochester Press; .
ISBN-13: 978-1-58046-961-6


First published 2019

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Szreter, Simon, editor.

Title: The hidden affliction : sexually transmitted infections and infertility in history / edited by Simon Szreter.

Other titles: Rochester studies in medical history. 1526–2715

Description: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2019. | Series: Rochester studies in medical history, 1526-2715 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019023514 | ISBN 9781580469616 (hardcover : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781787445826

Subjects: MESH: Sexually Transmitted Diseases—history | Infertility—history | Sexually Transmitted Diseases—complications | Infertility—etiology

Classification: LCC RC200 | NLM WC 140 | DDC 616.95/1—dc23

LC record available at

This publication is printed on acid-free paper.

Printed in the United States of America.

Copyright 2019 by the Editors and Contributors.

All rights reserved. Except as permitted under current legislation, no part of this work may be photocopied, stored in a retrieval system, published, performed in public, adapted, broadcast, transmitted, recorded, or reproduced in any form or by any means, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

The following chapters are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license: Introduction, by Simon Szreter; chapter 1, “(The Wrong Kind of) Gonorrhea in Antiquity,” by Rebecca Flemming; chapter 5, “Chlamydia: A Disease without a History,” by Michael Worboys; and chapter 12, “Revealing the Hidden Affliction,” by Simon Szreter and Kevin Schürer. To view a copy of this license, visit

Monographs, or book chapters, which are outputs of Wellcome Trust funding have been made freely available as part of the Wellcome Trust's open access policy

Bookshelf ID: NBK547157


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