′A rich, extensive and flexible review ... reading of basicimportance ... well–documented cultural guide through history.′Times Literary Supplement
′A jolly good read, and an extremely useful summary of knowledgeon the subject.′ European History Quarterly
′A well–researched and robust survey... Quetel spans thecenturies, and offers important cross–cultural insights. His bookcan be heartily recommended.′ History
′This lively, often entertaining and well–informed book, by ahistorian who is unusually conversant with the medical aspects ofhis subject, is not only an accomplished piece of social history;it also stands as a warning that deserves to be heeded.′ FrenchHistory
′The volume can be highly recommended as a stimulatingintroduction to the subject.′ Medical History
′Lively and illuminating book that examines the disease from ahost of different angles.′ Wilson Library Bulletin
′A thorough, well researched book and above all, a good read!′Canadian Journal of History
The author also investigates the cultural dimensions of theproblem: for instance, the images of syphilis presented in wartimepropaganda and the literary connotations associated with the ideaof the syphilitic genius. Quetel discusses historicalaccounts of the spread of syphilis and draws parallels with thecurrent medical and social campaigns against AIDS.