C. S. BUTLER
It is doubtful if any other disease has influenced more materially the destinies of the human race than has syphilis. No other human disease punishes ignorance so unerringly and unmercifully as does this one, for it is the only human disease which is commonly carried over from parent to child congenitally.
It is certain that for thousands of years mankind has been aware of the fact that this disease was often transmitted by sexual intercourse and it was the stigma of shame, attached to this fact, which made him try to suppress all notice of the disease. For centuries since
BUTLER CS. Relation of Syphilis and Yaws1. Ann Intern Med. 1929;3:175–179. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-2-175
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1929;3(2):175-179.
Infectious Disease, Sexually Transmitted Infections.
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