Microbiology Today: Syphilis – the great scourge

Microbiology Today: Syphilis – the great scourge

The Turks called it ‘the disease of the Christians’ while the Persians called it ‘the disease of the Turks’. It has variously been attributed to the French, the British, the Polish, the Germans and the Portuguese. But what cannot be denied is that syphilis has been a scourge of mankind for over 500 years at least – and unfortunately continues to be so.

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