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"Syphilis also called the Imitator of diseases''

Updated on September 21, 2013

Syphilis also called the Imitator of diseases"

A picture of Syphilis in it's late stages, when it eat the holes into the flesh.
A picture of Syphilis in it's late stages, when it eat the holes into the flesh.

''Syphilis also called the Imitator"

We don't hear a lot about syphilis anymore because we have an antibiotic cure for it. Syphilis is another sexually transmitted disease like aids, I think Syphilis is the sister to aids. Both of these diseases can, and will kill you if you don't get medical help. Aids will kill you faster than the syphilis disease. The Syphilis disease is cause by spirochete bacterium Treponema of transmission of Syphilis's almost always through sexual contact. Although there are examples of congenital Syphilis via transmission from the mother to child in Lutero.

The signs and symptom's of Syphilis are numerous before the advent of urological testing, precise diagnosis was very different. In fact the disease was dubbed the great Imitator because it was often confused with other diseases. Particularly in it's tertiary stag. Syphilis can generally be treated with antibiotics including penicillin. If left untreated, Syphilis can damage the heart, aorta, brain, eyes and bones. In some cases these effects can be fatal. In 1988 the complete genetic sequence of T. Plenum was published which may aid understanding of the Pathogenesis of syphilis. Alternative names the name Syphilis was coined by the Italian and Poet Giolano Fracastoro in his epic noted poem written in Latin ( for Syphilis or French Disease).

During the 16th Century it was called great Pox in order to distinguish it from the Small Pox. In early stages the Great Pox produced a rash similar to Small Pox also know as variola. However, the name is misleading as Small Pox was a far more deadly disease. This disease made history while working at the Rockefeller University in 1913. Hidego Roguch a Japanese scientist demonstrated the spirochete Treponema Pallidum in the Brain of a progressive paralysis patient proving that trepoenma Pallidum was caused of the disease.

Names of historical personages who contracted the disease including, Charles VIII of France, Hernando Cortes of Spain, and Ivan the Terrible, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler were alleged to have Syphilis. These also was alleged to have the disease, Guy Maupassant and possibly Fredrick Nietzsche are thought to have been driven insane and ultimately killed by the disease. Al Capone contracted Syphilis as a young man, by the time he was incarcerated at Alcatraz, it reached it's third stag; neurosyphlis, leaving him confuse and disoriented . Syphilis lead to the death of the artist Edouard Manet and and artist Paul Gauguin was said to have suffered from syphilis .

Composers who succumbed to syphilis included Hugo wolf, Fredrick Delius,Scott Joplin, Gaetano Donizetti and possibly, Fran Shubert and Niccoli Paganinni. Mental illness caused by late stag Syphilis was once, one of the more comman forms of dementia . This was known as general paresis of the insane. One suspected example of Syphilis was the insanity of noted composer Robert Schuman, although the precise cause of death has been disputed by scholars. The Russian Author Leo Tolstoy suffered form syphilis during his youth, which was treated using commentary arsenic treatment.

From 1932 - 1972 The U.S. Public Health Service conducted what became known as the Tuskegee study of untreated Syphlis in negro males also known as Syphlis study of the Tuskegee Experiment. It was a clinical study conducted in Tuskegee, Alabama with nearly 400 poor, mostly illiterate African Americam men with syphilis. That were deliberatey and systematically denied treatemnt so that researchers could abserve the natural progression of the disease when left untreated. The contorversey over the unethical behavior of the researcher conducting this study eventually led to major changes in how patients are protected in clinical studies.

This was without a doubt the most hurtful research I had to endure because of the many African American men that had suffer and die to prove a point. It was really heart wreching to how our men was used like an animal and not a being treated like a human being. My heart really goes out to the black men that die for like of attention for research purposes.

Benny Faye Douglass


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    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Yes, I agree when I research this hub, I didn't know it was os bad for our bad man, I wanted to cry, and there were pictures of private parts that looked just as bad or worse. Thank you world of the wise for stopping by my hubs, and thanks for your comment and feedback. God speed. creativeone59

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      world of the wise 

      8 years ago from World of the wise

      thank you for sharing, but you have scared me, the disease is horrible

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      If youthink the hand was disgusting you should have seen the private parts, that was infected. I think letting poor black men suffer and die with this desease, because medication was with held from them. My heartaches for them, when I them about it. How inhumane can anyone be. Thank you so much for stopping by my hub, I appreciate you. Godspeed. Creativeone59

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      mr williams 

      8 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      That hand really was disgusting. It caught my eye and just....ouch. Great hub though. Very informative.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      You know I had no idea of all the horrible things, I was going to find out when I decide to do research on this the disease. I felt so bad that I almost cried. It broke my heart in many little pieces; but I guess we live to learn. Thank you for much for reading my hubs and and giving me great comment and feed back. blessings to you. creativeone59

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      Max Sumer 

      9 years ago

      I did not know about the experiments. . .how disgusting! Leave it to humankind to be crueller than the devil. I recently watched a documentary on a tuberculosis assylum located in Kentucky. The treatment there was unnatural and horrifying. It's amazing what the medical community has done over the years in the name of finding a cure. They are still performing unethical experiments, but now they are not looking for cures just treatments. There's no money in curing.

      Anyhow great hub as usual. Have a beautiful day!

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you again for your comment. blessings to you. creativeone59

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      9 years ago

      Great infomative read.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      I also was appalled and my feelings hurt because they and to suffer such pain unto death. thank you for your comment and your continual feedback. creativoen59

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      This was very educational creativeone59, and I agree how extremely heartwrenching it was to find out how african american men were used for such debilitating and humilating experiments - as if they were of little or not account. A lot of people are not aware of this research, I only found out about this about a year ago and was appalled by the news.


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