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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Gonorrhoea, 19 Nov 2006
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William Cohen (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pox: The Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease (Paperback)
If every you're feeling a bit sexy, pick up this book and it'll take the edge off your lust. We are reminded that sexually transmissible infection 'is common in the community and is no respecter of age, sex or station in life.'
And oh how repulsive the list of infections is: herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, AIDS - with its attendant pustules, ulcers, scabs, itches and sores.

Kevin Brown tells the story of syphilis in all its gruesome detail. He's a good narrator and the subject matter reveals how human beings project evils onto others and seek to deny their appetites and sins. For example, when the pox was discovered the Italians called it the 'Spanish' or the 'French Disease'. The French called it the 'Pox of Naples'. In Japan they called it the 'Portuguese Sickness', Tahitians called it the British disease. To the Turks, it was known as the 'Christian' disease.

Casual sex will never feel the same again...
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Pox: The Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease
Pox: The Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease by Kevin Brown (Paperback - 21 Sep 2006)
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