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Chapter Twelve Revealing the Hidden Affliction (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781580469616 Year: Pages: 47 Language: English
Publisher: University of Rochester Press Grant: Wellcome Trust - 605972
Subject: Medicine (General)
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By the turn of the twentieth century the British nation’s declining birthrate was increasingly the subject of anxious public and scientific debate, as the Registrar General’s annual reports continued to confirm a downward national trend, which had in fact commenced from the late 1870s.

Introduction (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781580469616 Year: Pages: 40 Language: English
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This volume is a necessarily multidisciplinary collection dedicated to the extremely difficult task of uncovering and exploring what can be reconstructed of the dimensions and the scale of the historical impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on human infertility. As a subject for inquiry, this comes close to Winston Churchill’s celebrated phrase, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Chapter One (The Wrong Kind of ) Gonorrhea in Antiquity (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781580469616 Year: Pages: 25 Language: English
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Studying the relationship between disease and fertility in antiquity is challenging. The first difficulty is establishing the presence, and then prevalence, of any particular condition before an assessment can be made of its demographic impact. In the case of what are now called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the empirical obstacles to identifying such infections in the classical world are exacerbated by the moralizing that attends discussions of sexual practice and that has so strongly characterized the ways sexual behavior and pathology have been, and continue to be, conceptually conjoined. Julius Rosenbaum’s influential and exhaustive nineteenth-century exploration of the ancient history of syphilis (broadly construed), for example, is based on the assumption that venereal diseases are caused by the “abuse” of the genital organs for nonprocreative purposes. Their history is, therefore, the history of human “lasciviousness and debauchery,” and there was so much of that in classical Greece and Rome that syphilis and all kinds of genital afflictions necessarily followed.

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