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April 26, 1941

Syphilis in Earlier Days

JAMA. 1941;116(17):1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820170110035

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The author's thesis is an attempt to disprove the theory that syphilis is a disease of the New World, brought back to Europe by Columbus's men. Evidence is brought forth that syphilis existed in France, Spain, Naples and elsewhere before Columbus returned from his voyage. The evidence is based on a description of the disease by writers of various ages under different names. The author shows that nearly every country considered syphilis a disease that was transported from somewhere else.

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