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November 1946

Corky the Killer: A Story of Syphilis

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(5):636. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510400142022

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The author has told the story of syphilis to the layman in a most interesting and graphic manner. The villain in the story, called Corky, represents a spiralshaped Treponema pallidum, who with his millions of comrades attempts to destroy every part of the human body. The illustrations by the author are unique and graphically show the attacks of the spirochete on various organs. Each page gives the story of Corky's machinations in understandable language. At the bottom of each page the scientific facts are explained in language any layman can understand. A book that is limited to the scientific story would not be read by as many laymen as one that is combined with the bizarre drawings of Corky and his experiences. This book should have a large sale and is a distinct contribution to the fight against syphilis.

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