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February 22, 1896

Syphilis in the Middle Ages and in Modern Times.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):389. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600041018

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Abstract

The interesting historical study begun by Dr. Buret in volume I is continued in volumes II and III here completed. The painstaking labor has comprised an examination of all literature of the subject, and we can well believe, as the author states, three years were consumed in the compilation of the first volume alone.

Dr. Dumesnil has very lucidly and accurately translated the work and thereby laid his countrymen under a permanent obligation. We notice an error in spelling the name of Paulus Ægineta on page 3, and repeated twice on page 5.

The material which Dr. Buret has offered as evidence to prove the pre-Columbian existence of syphilis in Europe, can not all be accepted as evidence, but he has produced more than enough that is conclusive, to prove his postulate. After the publication of the manuscripts and documents now unearthed by the author there can no longer be

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