Acknowledgements. Introduction: Syphilis as a Cultural Phenomenon. 1. A Terrifying Affliction (1495-1519). 2. A Much-disputed Origin. 3. The Great Pox (Sixteenth-Century). 4. From Pestilence to Disease (The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries). 5. The Nineteenth-century Impasse. 6. The Great Turning Point (around 1900). 7. Madmen and Heredos. 8. Syphilis Everywhere (Between the Wars). 9. The Pox and the Prostitute. 10. The End of the Terror (1945 to the Present Day). Conclusion: From Syphilis to AIDS. Notes. Bibliographical Notes. Chronology. Index.
Claude Quetel is a French historian. The author of two dozen books, he has won a number of prizes for his work.
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