This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...in all grades of society. Dr. Napheys truthfully says: " Its hold is just as firm, though concealed and held in check, in the ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...in all grades of society. Dr. Napheys truthfully says: " Its hold is just as firm, though concealed and held in check, in the fashionable clubs and stately mansions of the opulent as in the alleys and back slums of the dregs of our population. No man, no woman, we care not what his position or his life may be, is secure from its loathsome touch." Virtue and honor, morality and religion, or even a blameless life--not one or all of these combined constitute a perfect safeguard. One of the worst outbreaks of secondary syphilis we have ever witnessed appeared upon the body of a young man who was at work in a factory where canned fruits were prepared and packed in large quantities. It may lurk in the servant who prepares the food in your kitchen, or be left upon the lips of your nurse by the man who visits her, and she in turn may transfer it with a kiss to your babe in the carriage or in the cradle. In innumerable ways it may find entrance into the homes of the purest people who live. Not only may it thus find its way into the family to-day, but who can tell the extent to which it has tainted the blood of all mankind during the sweep of the centuries, and especially since it broke out anew and with special virulence and power in or about the year fifteen hundred, when it then spread with such wonderful rapidity. Thanks to a merciful God and to the progress of medical science, much as it is still to be dreaded, it is not to-day so terrible as it once was. How thoroughly it has permeated society any one may judge from the prevalence of scrofula in all its forms, and cancer, and of tuberculosis, better known as consumption when it appears in the lungs, or when it attacks the lymphatic glands and the bones, and appears in a form known as white-swelling....Read Less
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