Syphilis - Recognition, Description and Diagnosis by N. Sato

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A hot brick can also be used as a heat source. According to the ideas of the period, the use of surgical plasters was also recommended. The use of condoms (13. picture) was one of the means for the defence against the disease. In the case of this important and handy aid, again both the name and origin can vary quite dramatically; it is known as fireman’s syringe, rubbers, Port Said Garter and Venus glove. The English call it French letter, the French Capote Anglaise (English hood). However, most commonly it is referred to as condom.

10. Ábra Sarsaparilla The third important herb, Sassafras (11. picture), is also of American origin and has been known in Europe only since the 16th century. Sassafras officinalis, which belongs to the Lauraceae family, is endemic to Canada. Its root, wood and bark are each used as medicine. According to Wittstein the origin of the word goes back to “sal safras” meaning shattered stone. Its active constituent can be found in the volatile oil. Its effects are also diaphoretic and increase the metabolism.

However, the virus probably travelled on the skin of the sailors and not in a venereal way. American genetic family-tree research proved that the nearest “cousin” of the lues pathogen (the Treponema pallida bacterium) is the serious tropical skin disease framboesia which is caused by Treponema pertenue. According to the researcher Kristin Harper, “Some people think it is a really ancient disease that our earliest human ancestors would have had. Other people think it came from the New World. What we found is that syphilis or a progenitor came from the New World to the Old World and this happened pretty recently in human history,” she added.

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