Medical history: Whose STI is it anyway?

It seems no one wanted to take credit for this one

Before syphilis was known as syphilis, its name depended very much on who you were talking to — and who they hated the most.

Scene from Girolamo Fracastoro
Photo: Wellcome collection.

As war waged and the disease ran rampant throughout Medieval Europe and beyond, countries were eager to lay the blame at their enemies’ rash-ridden feet.

One of the most feared infections in human history, the

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