July 2, 1927

History of Prostitution Among All the Peoples of the World, From the Most Remote Antiquity to the Present Day. Three volumes.

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By Paul LaCroix, Member of Many Academies and Learned Societies French and Foreign. Translated from the original French by Samuel Putnam. Cloth. Price, $36 per set. Pp. 1749. Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1926.

JAMA. 1927;89(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690010052034

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The author, who was a French journalist, reveals in three large volumes, translated by an American journalist, his conception of the history of prostitution from the earliest times to the end of the seventeenth century. The early history is taken from allusions in the classical writings of Greece and Rome, the latter discussions based as much on romance as on history of the middle ages. Like many other French writers, LaCroix is passionate and has a flair for the romantic. Of particular interest to the physician is that section of the second volume which deals with the introduction of syphilis into Europe and its spread through prostitution to all the peoples of the world. LaCroix chooses to accept the doctrine that syphilis was identical with the plagues of biblical times, perhaps something in the nature of a new exacerbation. He discounts completely the conception that it may have been introduced

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