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How much I suffered last night, in my heel and in my ribs. Sheer torture... there are no words to express it, only howls of pain could do so. Alphonse Daudet, In the Land of Pain (1930).

Portrait of John Hunter (1728 - 1793). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. Syphilitic pustules on the face, Alibert, Description des maladies de la peau. Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.Effects of venereal disease on the bones of the cranium, William Cheselden, Osteographia (1733). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.Various diseases of the skin including syphilis, E. Burgess (1850/80). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.Effects of venereal disease on the cranium, Matthew Baillie, (1803). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.

I should not have recollected him, but the Circumstance of his having but one Leg, and one Arm, struck my Eye immediately; and his Face being much distorted with the Distemper, made me the more certain he was the sam Person; … I well remembered his being salivated several Times, and that he was discharged out of the House, pretty well; but he informed me it soon returned, and that he had been under almost every eminent Practitioner in Town and Country, and had since been salivated six or seven Times, but still the Symptoms after a little Time returned: I offered to order him some Medicines, but he told me he was determined to take no more, as he found it would kill him, therefore the sooner he was dead the better. He was now so infected, that several of his Bones were quite rotten; and he stunk so, that it was with Difficulty you could stand near him. - Surgeon J. Becket, after encountering a former patient on the street (1765).

 The London Lock Hospital for Venereal Patients. Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.Reproductive system from R. GrubbInternal and external effects of venereal disease. Watercolour by Robert Carswell, (c.1830). Image with permission of UCL Special Collections. Early depiction of the effects of pox (1632). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. Portrait of Matthew Baillie (1761 - 1823). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. 

CLAP. A venereal taint; i.e. he went out a wenching, and got a clap. The Scoundrels Dictionary (1796).

Satirical cartoon depicting the opening of a Lock Hospital, by J. Williamson (1802). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. Effects of syphilis on the face. Watercolour by Christopher D A preserved skull of a woman who had been suffering from syphilis, c.1796. Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. The effects of lues venerea on the body, R. Brodie et al. The Secret Companion (1845). Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. 


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