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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465028829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465028825
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting.... "Pox will be of interest to anyone who loves a good mystery story."

About the Author

Deborah Hayden, an independent scholar and marketing executive, has lectured on syphilis and creativity, most recently at UCSF Medical School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Bay Area History of Medicine Society. She lives in Mill Valley, California.


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I half read this book- then my wife "accidently" threw the book away! No matter having bought the item a second time, I am more than pleased to advise this is a good read! The Pox certainly gets around so one wonders what damage, who is infected these days and whether or not events are being dictated by it's infectious course! Well worth the cover price!
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Probably the most ridiculous book I have ever (half-)read. Written by a sensationalist for sex-obsessed voyeurs. Nobody in her right mind would believe that if Beethoven had had syphilis it would have inspired him to compose great music. What was the ground for such 'diagnosis'? Did he have any tests, or just a gossip would do? Incidentally, the first (still non-specific) test for syphilis - the 'Wassermann test'- was invented in 1906. This was some 79 years after Beethoven's death! The specific tests for Treponema Pallidum came much later still. Perhaps the composer had a chicken pox, after all? But that would have not been sensational enough for the authoress. 'Syphilis everywhere' is the real obsession of this book. Also, references are fiddled with to suit the most absurd hypothesis that genius must have syphilis to realize his potential.
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Pox on you if you don't read this book!, March 2, 2003
Reviewer: Areader from Las Vegas, NV USA
This is the best book I have read this year, and probably the best book Ihave read in five years. Not only is the information critical forunderstanding a number of historical personages, but Hayden's writing isstimulating. Her words work their way through your system the samecompelling way syphilis worked its way through such a huge portion of thepopulation until the development of penicillin. That is, her message can'tbe ignored. The need for society to put syphilis in the closet is surelyas strong a statement as the impact of the infection itself on genius,madness, and creativity. Given its unusual subject matter, this is adetective book that is hard to put down once you start it.
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Well this book opened the door to me about all the psychopaths of history and why most of them died so young. Hayden research is fantastic and the number of famous characters amazing and she is only talking about the tip of the iceberg making syphilis possibly the biggest killer of mankind ever known
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