Many years ago, rambling on the south bank of the Seine, I found among the many literary curiosities there exhibited for sale a volume of poetry on syphilis, imitating the classic Latin work of Hieronymus Fracastorius. Having but a short time before ceased to be a student of medicine—Eheu! fugaces labuntur anni!—I bought the book for a trifle and gave it on my return to my preceptor; it has recently come again into my possession, and I have read it with much interest and amusement; I here give some account of it for the entertainment of members of the medical profession.
It is an octavo of some 108 pages, well printed on good paper, but, of course, with the wretched contemporary binding. Its title reads:
Poëme en Quatre Chants
Avec des Notes ExplicativesParLE Dr. GIRAUDEAU du SAINTE-GERVAISChevalier des Ordres du Sauveur et
WILLIAM RENWICK RIDDELL. AN OLD FRENCH POEM ON SYPHILIS AND ITS PROPER TREATMENT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(1):11–20. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460130019004