To the Editor:
Many illusions have been made to cutaneous and venereal disease in literature. The following excerpt is from Hemingway's last book which has been published posthumously and is entitled A Moveable Feast."I watched Lewis carefully without seeming to look at him, as you do when you are boxing, and I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Some people show evil as a great race horse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Lewis did not show evil; he just looked nasty."One wonders where Hemingway got any information about hard chancres, but come to think of it, his description is very good because the syphilitic chancre does sit on the tissues in a sort of dignified manner with no reaction about it—a bit aloof.To me the quotation is of enough interest so that I would like to call it
Michelson HE. THE DIGNITY OF THE HARD CHANCRE. Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(3):376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600030126032
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