Syphilis Through The Ages

Syphilis Through The Ages

It's difficult to overstate the impact of syphilis on the Western world, and it remains a threat to this day despite effective antibiotic treatments. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the history of the illness and its cultural effects, from powdered wigs and false noses to surgical advances and vampire myths.

Image Caption: The Dangers of Lust and Illicit Love, 16th century. Alcohol aids seduction in the center, while the embodiment of death, corruption and syphilis brandishes an hourglass on the left while eying a pair of lovers. After a symbolic woodcut by Peter Flötner. (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: sex, culture, Syphilis, disease, history, death, fear