Infectious Diseases: The Great Pox

Venereal disease does not attract many medical researchers. There never have been great numbers of syphilologists, and their numbers and efforts have been sharply reduced since the 1945 discovery that penicillin is a fast and almost certain cure for early syphilis. But last week, as the most prominent U.S. syphilologists met in Denver for a VD seminar, it became clear that the cutback in research is premature. What is urgently needed is a vaccine against the disease.

The Contacts. Before a cure can be effected, the victims must be identified and their contacts...

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