The Scars of Venus

A History of Venereology

  • J. David Oriel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 221-248

About this book


In the last decade of the 15th century a new and deadly disease called Morbus Gallicus, or syphilis, appeared and spread rapidly throughout Europe. The effects of syphilis were so severe that it, and those suffering from it, where regarded with horror and despair. It is difficult for the modern reader to appreciate the fog of confusion which surrounded sexually transmitted diseases in earlier times. Those suffering with these diseases were often condemned as victims of their own "sinful lust of the flesh"; a judgement attitude which hindered most of the early attempts at control and treatment. Despite this general attitude, there were some doctors who persevered in their attempts to understand the causes and discover treatments for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Scars of Venus is illustrated with pictures of people, places, instruments and documents. It presents the historical background and achievements of the early venereologists through to the current venereologists' fight against HIV. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with venereal diseases: doctors, nurses, counsellors, laboratory workers, medical historians, and those working in the areas of public/world health and the spread of infectious diseases.


HIV Laboratory Sexually Transmitted Diseases biology diseases fat health infectious infectious disease infectious diseases microbiology public health sexually transmitted disease treatment venerology

Authors and affiliations

  • J. David Oriel
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity College and Middlesex School of MedicineLondonUK

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