Syphilis: The Great Imitator


Syphilis: The Great Imitator

Doctors have called it the great imitator because this destructive venereal disease can manifest almost any symptom. Initially spreading through sexual contact, Syphilis can remain dormant in the body for decades before flaring up again in brutally disfiguring, debilitating and deadly ways. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the science of syphilis.

Image Caption: An Electron Photomicrograph Of Two Spiral Shaped Treponema Pallidum Bacteria. Here We See Two Treponema Pallidum Bacteria Scanned By An Electron Microscope, Magnified 36,000X. T. Pallidum Is The Causative Agent Of Syphilis. It Contains One Of The Smallest Prokaryotic Genomes Consisting Of About 1000 Kilobase Pairs. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: Syphilis, disease