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There is a lot of material dealing with herpes as a subject within the journal. However, most of it consists of papers dealing with the clinical aspects as opposed to the social side of the disease, reflected in the relatively small amount of sources addressing its stigmatisation.
Herpes was first mentioned in the journal in 1963.1 In 1966, the first diagnosis of the disease was described by the Roman physician Herodotus, who noted ‘the herpetic eruptions which appeared about …
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