Pavel Mervart Publishing Society for the History of Sciences and Technology

Štěpán Tonar:
History of Syphilis and its Treatment – a Review

2023, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp. 202-223


Currently, there is a significant increase in the number of syphilis cases worldwide. Syphilis and HIV co-infection is a particularly serious problem. These risks are causing increased interest in syphilis, and not only by physicians. The question of the historical origin and spread of syphilis is still unresolved. This article describes the paleopathological findings of syphilis in the Czech Republic and the historical search for the cause and effective treatment of syphilis. The history of syphilis is intrinsically linked to the history of prostitution. Along with mentioning historical figures and references to the subject of syphilis in art, the article also aims to indicate the sociocultural impact of the disease in history and in the present.


syphilis; history; treatment; paleopathology

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