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J Med Life. 2014 Mar 15;7(1):4-10. Epub 2014 Mar 25.

Brief history of syphilis.

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1
Dermatology Department, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest.
2
Dermatology Department, "Victor Babes" Hospital for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Bucharest.

Abstract

Before the discovery of Treponema pallidum as the etiologic agent, the origins of syphilis have been the subject of several debates. Diverse therapeutic agents were employed in an attempt to cure the disease. Examining the milestones in the history of syphilis, the present article reviews the existing theories that tried to explain the origins of the disease, the approach in art, the cultural and the evolution of the treatments from the empiric means to the discovery of penicillin.

KEYWORDS:

history of syphilis; syphilis; syphilis treatment

PMID:
24653750
PMCID:
PMC3956094
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