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November 7, 1936

The Gift of Columbus

JAMA. 1936;107(19):1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770450071034

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When syphilis appeared in Spain during the latter part of the fifteenth century, many Spanish physicians commented on its ravages. Among the most interesting of the writings were those of Francisco Lopez de Villalobos, whose contributions stimulated Dr. Dennie's volume. The book begins with a discussion of the origin and history of syphilis and a brief sketch of the life of Villalobos and of the evidence for and against the American origin of syphilis. There follows a consideration of the various manifestations of the disease, all presented in popular form, with a concluding chapter entitled "Syphilis Can Be Conquered," explaining the modern methods of treatment. The final chapter preaches the value of prophylaxis. While the volume cannot be considered a significant contribution in the debate as to the origin of syphilis, it should be read with interest by all who are anxious to inform themselves concerning the nature of the

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