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Syphilis: a historical vignette
  1. Anna Piro,
  2. Antonio Tagarelli,
  3. Aldo Quattrone
  1. Neuroimaging Research Unit, IBFM-CNR, Germaneto, Catanzaro, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Piro, Neuroimaging Research Unit, IBFM-CNR, Germaneto, Catanzaro, 88100, Italy; anna.piro{at}

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Venereological diseases are often seen as brought by foreigners, as we see in this description of the spread of syphilis in King Charles VIII's French army, 1494: In French battlefield, a very beautiful baggage, affected by a decayed …

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