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December 5, 1936

Syphilis Sive Morbus Humanus: A Rationalization of Yaws So-Called for Scientists and Laymen Interested in the Damage to Man from Venereal Diseases

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770490069031

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The author sets himself firmly to a triple task: (1) to disseminate knowledge to the general populace concerning the ravages of venereal diseases; (2) to expose the fallacy of the hypothesis of the American origin of syphilis; (3) to show the unity of the so-called yaws and syphilis. In the first he has failed, in the second he is ineffectual and in the third he has succeeded admirably. The broad minded scientist and the interested physician will find much of interest in the volume, for it is only these two who will understand it. However much one may be in sympathy with the contention of the author that syphilis did not originate in the New World, his array of historical evidence in this direction is far from convincing. The description of the venereal diseases by precolumbian physicians might apply to a half dozen diseases that could be easily confused with

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