Winfried Schleiner (essay date 1995)
SOURCE: “Renaissance Moralizing about Syphilis and Prevention,” in Medical Ethics in the Renaissance, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1995, pp. 162-202.
[In the following excerpt, Schleiner considers the moral connotations that physicians of the Renaissance associated with veneral disease.]
While the problems of removing male and female seed have received little attention by modern historians of medicine or of anthropology, the history of venereal disease—more specifically, the morbus Gallicus or syphilis—has been the focus of considerable interest. Modern discussions include the following questions: Was the morbus Gallicus a new...
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