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Cutaneous syphilis, 1881

Cutaneous syphilis, 1881

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Cutaneous syphilis. This is a circinate papular form of the disease, here given the name 'Syphiloderma Papulosum Circinatum'. Cutaneous syphilis is a symptom of the secondary stage of syphilis, a sexually transmitted (venereal) infection caused by the Treponema pallidum bacterium. About 6 to 12 weeks after infection, secondary syphilis results in a skin rash, headache, fatigue and fever. No effective treatment was available before 1910 and the disease could be fatal. This image, with markings (red) added to highlight the syphilitic lesions, was published in 1881 by US dermatologist George Henry Fox (1846-1937). Photographed by US photographer Oscar G. Mason (1830-1921).

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