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Gender, Sexuality, and Syphilis in Early Modern Venice: The Disease that Came to Stay
  1. Michael Anthony Waugh
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Anthony Waugh, 151 Roker Lane, Leeds LS28 9ND, UK; mike{at}

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Laura J McGough. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2010, pp 202. figs. 3. tables 4. charts 2. ISBN 978-0-333-711941-1 (hardback), 978-0-333-80320-2(paperback).

Accounts of aspects of Italian history written in English must be among some of the most frequently published from all the European countries. After all, given the circumstances, which scholar would not wish to study for some time in a land of ancient beautiful cities? Thus, I started to review this book with a fair amount of hard-bitten cynicism, but I was more than pleasantly surprised to find it was extremely well researched and it has added much to my corpus of knowledge.

The author has done her research for this work thoroughly and taken expert advice not only from literary scholars and art historians but also from a whole group of internationally distinguished American …

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