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Syphilis. Engraving of people suffering from syphilis, a sexually-transmitted or venereal disease, being treated in 1689. At lower left is a man with syphilitic skin pustules on his whole body. At lower centre a patient is in a steambath or sauna. At left and upper centre, physicians are preparing medications for the patient in the bed at upper right; at this time, medications for syphilis contained mercury, a poisonous metal. The banner at top centre refers to Venus, the goddess of love. Syphilis is caused by infection by the Treponema pallidum bacterium. Image from Germany.
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