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Syphilis: bismuth and the criminalisation of homosexuality
  1. Michael Waugh
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Waugh, 151 Roker Lane, Leeds LS28 9ND, UK; mike{at}

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My involvement with STIs started in 1964 as a medical student at Charing Cross Hospital when I volunteered assisting in evening clinics at Martha and Luke clinics at the West London Hospital, Hammersmith. The new chief was J.L. Fluker, an astute clinician. I was 21. The Sexual Offences Act decriminalising homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had attained the …

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