Syphilis aka the Pox

Syphilis aka The Pox

Feb 15th – The pox (or Great Pox, as distinguished from the “lesser” poxes such as chickenpox and smallpox) burst onto the historical scene in a 1494 epidemic that occurred in the French army, then fighting in Naples. The Italians promptly called it the French disease. The French called it the Italian (or Neapolitan) disease. …

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