The Little Children May Be Bitten

Syphilis and Dracula Rise Again

Poster of the 1931 film; Dracula in large red letters, with a scene of the vampire menacing a sailor in the background.
Movie poster for 1931 film; creative commons

Say, you know what we haven’t talked about in a while? Syphilis. Yes, that unlucky STD that took down kings (and ultimately Al Capone) with its nose-munching virility. Not to worry, though. It’s back in the news. It’s turning up in St. Louis, and in the water system of London. Syphilis cases are rising in Minnesota, too, including in women and newborns.

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Brandy L Schillace

Brandy L Schillace

(skil-AH-chay) Author in #history, #science, & #medicine. Bylines: SciAm, Globe&Mail, WIRED, WSJ. EIC Medical Humanities. Host of Peculiar Book Club. she/her