The Theatre: Spirochete

In Chicago last week another blow was struck at the crumbling conspiracy of silence about syphilis. The Federal Theatre Project presented a propaganda play on the subject called Spirochete. Tracing the history of the disease and its cure from 1493 to 1937, boldly flashing microscopic plates showing the spirochete, or spiral syphilis germ, on a screen, the play for the most part proved good theatre, evoked a magnificent first-night response.

Present in the audience were Bacteriologist-Author Paul de Kruif (Men Against Death, The Fight for Life), State Representative Edward P. Saltiel, who sponsored...

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