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  • If untreated, syphilis can create serious health problems, such as blindness, heart disorders, and  mental disorders.
  • If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Her local doctor took one look inside her, saw the lump, and figured it was a sore from syphilis.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • "7 And, "I got it from a man in the know—she has syphilis, you know—she was in that Warner picture.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • He thinks too he has syphilis.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • The Hamiltons must have been either lucky or moral for the sections on gonorrhea and syphilis were never opened.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • In pursuit of this radical idea, I’m going to take you to Baltimore, to learn from the epidemic of syphilis in that city.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • That’s like saying you should go out and catch syphilis merely because it exists, Moira said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Have you ever contracted syphilis or other spirochetal disease, or had a positive serological test for syphilis?
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen to-morrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • As for syphilis, well, its origins were entirely too clear.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Cecily repeats, making the word sound like leprosy or syphilis.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • On top of drug resistance—one of the doctors had told Farmer—the incidence of syphilis was rising.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He had heard it said that "conditions" in the County Jail and the Zenith City Prison were not very "scientific;" he had, with indignation at the criticism of Zenith, skimmed through a report in which the notorious pessimist Seneca Doane, the radical lawyer, asserted that to throw boys and young girls into a bull-pen crammed with men suffering from syphilis, delirium tremens, and insanity was not the perfect way of educating them.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Yet another, to sire Ivanito and leave his syphilis behind.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • "At least your syphilis isn’t far advanced because you can feel testicular pain, huh?"
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But so it was, and among officers and soldiers alike, "till the fatal disorder [syphilis] seized them."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He had been seeking a precipitation test for the diagnosis of syphilis which should be quicker and simpler than the Wassermann.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Don’t you think it a little ironic that what follows sexual immorality is herpes, chlamydia, AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea?
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Cuts, scrapes, flu, colds, hypochondriacs, people with minor urinary tract infections they were positive were the first signs of syphilis.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • And Cort, who had cuffed him, kicked him, bled him, cursed him, made mock of him and called him the very eye of syphilis, bent to one knee and bowed his head.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • With their raucous laughter, their unshavenness, their skin diseases, their syphilis, and their apparent delight in killing, they seemed as overpowering as the war itself.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • For girls, he knew, were what happened to even the cleverest, most diligent, most upright of scholars; the scholars kissed, got syphilis, and died without getting their degrees.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Norfolk was found guilty of High Treason and should have been executed on 27 January, 1547, but on the night of 26 January, the King died of syphilis and wasn’t able to sign the warrant.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • The vice crusaders, if they have accomplished nothing else, have at least forced the newspapers to use the honest terms, /syphilis/, /prostitute/, /brothel/ and /venereal disease/, albeit somewhat gingerly.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I spun round and glared straight at Doctor Syphilis, who stood at my elbow taking notes on a tiny, almost invisible pad.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Half appreciating his feeling, Franz travelled quickly over an opinion: "It was neuro-syphilis.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • (A colleague working in the laboratory to which Dr Sasaki had been walking was dead; Dr Sasaki’s patient, whom he had just left and who a few moments before had been dreadfully afraid of Syphilis, was also dead.) Doctor Sasaki found himself the only doctor in the hospital who was unhurt.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • ONE The Three Rules of Epidemics In the mid-1990s, the city of Baltimore was attacked by an epidemic of syphilis.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • But the lump tested negative for syphilis, so he told Henrietta she’d better go to the Johns Hopkins gynecology clinic.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • One day, at the bedside of a patient with syphilis, the professor picked on me to demonstrate visceral pain.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • If you look at Baltimore’s syphilis rates on a graph, the line runs straight for years and then, when it hits 1995, rises almost at a right angle.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Patient has asymptomatic neuro syphilis but cancelled syphilis treatments, said she felt fine.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Anyway, as students we had to squeeze the testes to check for intact visceral pain, because diseases like syphilis can cause the loss of visceral pain sensations.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The patient had advanced syphilis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • What caused Baltimore’s syphilis problem to tip?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Patient has asymptomatic neuro syphilis but cancelled syphilis treatments, said she felt fine.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • So young, and already with scars of healed syphilis?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Venereum insontium—"innocently acquired" syphilis—was still in the textbooks, though Ghosh didn’t believe in such a thing.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Other than congenital syphilis where the mother infected the unborn child, he believed that all syphilis was sexually acquired.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Other than congenital syphilis where the mother infected the unborn child, he believed that all syphilis was sexually acquired.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • If I remember correctly, I got Harris to fund a project that was your idea: a citywide campaign against gonorrhea and syphilis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Crack is known to cause a dramatic increase in the kind of risky sexual behavior that leads to the spread of things like HIV and syphilis.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Crack, the CDC said, was the little push that the syphilis problem needed to turn into a raging epidemic.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The breakdown in treatment made syphilis a much bigger issue than it had been before.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • For years syphilis had been confined to a specific region of Baltimore, within highly confined sociosexual networks.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The housing dislocation process served to move these people to other parts of Baltimore, and they took their syphilis and other behaviors with them.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • When the clinics were cut back, syphilis was given a second life.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Potterat, for his part, was focused on the people who were carrying syphilis.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In Baltimore, when the city’s public clinics suffered cutbacks, the nature of the syphilis affecting the city’s poor neighborhoods changed.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
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