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  • n  a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)

  • A hundred years ago or so this saying was true: "Who knows lues (or syphilis) knows medicine.
  • The German doctor Paul Ehrlich imagined their theory in the 1880's, applied chemical knowledge and after 20 years invented salvarsan, specific against lues.

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