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November 1939


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(5):1053-1127. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190050159011

The material for this article has been selected from publications which appeared from July 1938 to June 1939. As in previous reviews,1 it has been necessary to select material rigidly. Little attention has been paid to serologic aspects of the subject, and case reports have been almost wholly eliminated.

HISTORY OF SYPHILIS  In a charmingly written article, Zimmermann2 describes epidemics of extragenital syphilis occurring between 1497 and 1624. Most of these epidemics had their origin from cupping in public baths. An outbreak of syphilis occurred in Frankfort on the Main, Germany, in 1496. The city authorities, after consulting with the three city physicians, ordered the keeper of the Red Bath to discharge his "poxed" helper or the bath would be closed. A later epidemic, in Brünn, Czechoslovakia, is described in a treatise by Thomas Jordanus, which was published in 1580. Zimmermann offers his own translation of this treatise.