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January 30, 1937


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Upper Darby, Pa. Captain, Medical Corps, U. S. Navy, retired.

JAMA. 1937;108(5):411. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780050067025

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To the Editor:—  I have read with interest your review of Dr. Butler's book Syphilis sive Morbus Humanus. In this review appears the following: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 syphilis. Furthermore, the most authoritative of the postcolumbian writers, Francisco Lopez de Villalobos and Juan de Vigo, are not even mentioned by this author. The former wrote an authoritative treatise in 1498 entitled Las bubas, the latter a treatise in 1517 entitled La mal français.Without presuming to impeach the reviewer's impressions, the only inference I can make from this quotation is that Dr. Butler is not familiar with these

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