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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

_primary lesion_. But when this sore makes its appearance the 

spirochetae and the poison which they elaborate are already circulating 

in the blood, all over the system. The disease is already systemic, or 

constitutional, and the chancre is the local expression of a 

constitutional disease. Cutting out the chancre will not cure the 

disease, because, as stated, the germs are already in the system. The 

time between the contraction of the disease (the infectious 

intercourse) and the appearance of the chancre is called the 

_Incubation Period_. The time between the appearance of the chancre 

and the appearance of the rash on the body (the rash looks like a 

measles rash and is called roseola, which means a rose-colored rash) 

is called the _Primary Stage_. It lasts about six weeks. With the 

appearance of the rash commences the _Secondary Stage_. This stage is 

characterized by all sorts of _eruptions_, mild and severe, by white 

little patches (called mucous patches) in the throat, mouth, tonsils, 

vagina, by falling out of the hair, etc. The length of this secondary 

stage depends a good deal upon the sort of treatment the patient gets. 

Improperly treated, or not treated at all, it may last two or three 

years or more. Properly treated, it may be cut short at once, in a few 

days, so that the patient may never again in his or her life get an 

eruption. The third or _Tertiary Stage_ is characterized by 

_ulcerations_ in various parts of the body and by _swellings_ or 

tumors. The name of a syphilitic swelling or tumor is gumma (plural, 

gummata). The tertiary stage is the most terrible stage and it used to 

be the terror of syphilitic patients. But at the present time, under 

our modern methods of treatment, patients, if properly treated, _never 

have a tertiary stage_. We have seen many patients who considered 

syphilis a trifling disease, because all they knew of their disease 

was the chancre and the first eruption, i.e., the roseola, and perhaps 

a slight falling out of the hair. They then put themselves under 

energetic treatment, the _activity_ of the disease was checked, and 

they never had another symptom afterwards, though a Wassermann test 

showed that the disease was not entirely eradicated. It was merely 

held in check--which is the second best thing. 

 

[Illustration: SPIROCHETA PALLIDA, OR TREPONEMA PALLIDUM, THE 

GERM OF SYPHILIS AS SEEN UNDER THE MICROSCOPE.] 

 

As stated before, syphilis is the most hereditary of all diseases. 

Fortunately, if the disease is still very active in the parents, 

particularly in the mother, the child is generally aborted. Some 

syphilitic mothers will have half a dozen or more miscarriages in 

succession. When the disease has become "attenuated," either by 

treatment or by itself--many diseases lose their virulence in 


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