Scholars have expended prodigious amounts of labor and of learning in the endeavor to find descriptions of syphilis in ancient writings. Egyptian papyri, the Old Testament, early books in Sanskrit and Chinese, in Greek, Latin and Arabic have been searched for the desired evidence. Some students profess to have found such evidence. But their devoted efforts seem not to have convinced the rest of the world, for we find the subject still being debated. Nearly all students appear to be agreed, however, on one point. As the story has been told many times, we shall repeat it with the utmost brevity, and only in order to make clear that which is to follow.
In 1494 and 1495, Charles the Eighth of France conducted a campaign against Naples, leading an army southward through Italy. Naples fell to the French on Feb. 22, 1495. At Naples, unmistakable syphilis made its appearance almost
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