′Outstanding ...′ The Independent on Sunday ′A rich, extensive and flexible review ... reading of basic importance ... well–documented cultural guide through history.′ Times Literary Supplement ′A jolly good read, and an extremely useful summary of knowledge on the subject.′ European History Quarterly ′A well–researched and robust survey... Quetel spans the centuries, and offers important cross–cultural insights. His book can be heartily recommended.′ History ′This lively, often entertaining and well–informed book, by a historian who is unusually conversant with the medical aspects of his subject, is not only an accomplished piece of social history; it also stands as a warning that deserves to be heeded.′ French History ′The volume can be highly recommended as a stimulating introduction to the subject.′ Medical History ′Lively and illuminating book that examines the disease from a host of different angles.′ Wilson Library Bulletin ′A thorough, well researched book and above all, a good read!′ Canadian Journal of History
From the Back Cover
After the success of the hardback, History of Syphilis is now available in paperback. The book presents the first comprehensive history of the origin of syphilis, from its appearance in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century to the present day. Quetel examines the origins and treatments of syphilis over the centuries, focusing on the controls over sexual behaviour which were justified by the need to curb the spread of the disease. The author also investigates the cultural dimensions of the problem: for instance, the images of syphilis presented in wartime propaganda and the literary connotations associated with the idea of the syphilitic genius . Quetel discusses historical accounts of the spread of syphilis and draws parallels with the current medical and social campaigns against AIDS.