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Syphilis sive morbus Gallicus
Syphilis or the French disease.
Title of a poem recounting the story of a shepherd, Syphilis, the first sufferer of the disease henceforth known by that name. Etymology given in Oxford English Dictionary.
A night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury.
[For centuries mercury was used as a treatment for syphilis.]
Saying. In Michael J. O'Dowd and Elliot Philipp, The History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2000), 227.