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March 1963

A History of Syphilis

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(3):408. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590150124030

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The author of this book is an eminent dermatosyphilologist, a past President of the American Dermatological Association, and member of many other scientific societies. More than that, he is a gentleman and a scholar and is highly respected by all of his colleagues.

To publish a volume on the History of Syphilis might be considered a hopeless task, because the subject has been thoroughly studied and commented upon, so much so that it would not seem possible that new historical facts could be drawn from the literature of the last 4 centuries concerning this interesting subject. Most of the scientific importance and the glamour of this cruel disease are now in the past since the introduction of arsenical drugs and later of penicillin.

Doctor Dennie begins his book with the stories of Ruy Diaz de Isla, followed by the contributions of Don Juan de Vigo, Hyeronimus Fracastorius, and Francisco Lopez

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