A brief history of syphilis. The disease through the art and the artist
H Jedidi , C Laverdeur , F Depierreux-Lahaye , A Beckers
Rev Med Liege 2018, 73(),363-369
Abstract : Considering its strong symbolic connotations and its rich history, syphilis could be regarded as the perfect example of venerian disease. It could also be seen as a representative disease of the whole medical history and the evolution of both medical ways of thinking and curing. In this work we will briefly discuss the history of the syphilitic disease and try to show how this condition has affected the life and works of some of the most famous artists of the 19th century. Moreover, we shall try to evoke the complex relationship between art and pathology.