KEY SYMPTOMS compulsive behavior • ulcers and destruction of body tissues • conditions that are worse at night • craving for alcohol
Legend relates that syphilis takes its name from a 16th-century poem by the Italian poet Fracastoro, which portrayed a shepherd named Syphilus as the first victim of the disease. Also known as the "French disease." The incidence of syphilis reached epidemic proportions at the end of the 15th century, then fell dramatically after the development of penicillin. After initial infection, symptoms may disappear for years, but left untreated will eventually ravage the body. The remedy Syphilinum was proved by the homeopath Dr. Samuel Swan and published in Henry C. Allen's Materia Medica of Nosodes (1880-90).
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