Michael R. Grey, MD, MPH
George Santayana warned, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (1). The venereal disease experience in Belle Glade, Florida, during the past 50 years is a striking case in point. In the 1940s, Belle Glade became the focus of intense scientific interest when an epidemic of syphilis occurred among the poor, predominantly non-white migrant farm-worker population living there. Fifty years later, Belle Glade again made headlines when it was found that this small agricultural community in the heart of the Florida Everglades had one of the highest incidences of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the
Grey MR. Syphilis and AIDS in Belle Glade, Florida, 1942 and 1992. Ann Intern Med. ;116:329–334. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-4-329
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(4):329-334.
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