Volume s1-17, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Admiral Butler reviews the outstanding arguments in favor of the unity of yaws and syphilis and adds a few cogent ones of his own.

The book, written in an interesting manner and interspersed with remarks in the author's inimitable style, is an excellent and instructive diversion for an evening at home.

The Admiral argues that yaws and syphilis are one and the same disease, varying perhaps in severity and degree, depending upon the human host and the length of endemicity. Many of the arguments are well known; some are accepted, others not. The old story of the so called first appearance of syphilis in Europe as a wide-spread epidemic after the return of Columbus' men has, we think, been presented in a somewhat different manner from the conventional one—viz., that the disease was brought from the New World. Admiral Butler's explanation carries with it a larger element of conviction.


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