Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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This film was created to educate physicians about venereal disease. It explains symptoms and how to diagnose syphilis, general control principles, treatment, congenital syphilis, and other topics.
(Click on the link below to access the film at the…

This film begins with the story of a young Italian-American couple whose baby is stillborn due to syphilis. It also tells the story of a young man who contracts the illness from a brothel. The film explains the effects of syphilis, emphasizes the…

This poster shows an image of a scientist in a lab and a microscopic view of syphilis microbes. It also explains the long-term effects of the illness and the effectiveness of early treatment.

"Syphilis may affect any part of the body, including…

This infographic contrasts the rates of adequate treatment in the US and Copenhagen, which are approximately 5% and over 90% respectively. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic contrasts the progression of syphilis in a person who seeks medical care and one who does not. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic outlines a plan for controlling syphilis. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic conveys that most patients get less that 10 injections of treatment and that only a few injections commonly leads to relapses of syphilis. It uses images of syringes and men sitting and standing to represent the statistics.…

This poster informs viewers that syphilis can be cured if people are tested and treated adequately.

"Don't miss a clinic visit!"

"He took treatments regularly. He didn't."

This poster contrasts the fate of two men with syphilis. It shows a happy man who got treatment and a man on crutches who did not.

"the Doctor found my infection and REGULAR TREATMENTS saved me and my children"

This poster promotes adequate treatment by a physician and reminds viewers that syphilis can affect the family.

This film portrays syphilis as a threat to the war effort and urges citizens to help fight against it. It presents public health control methods and "social protection" concerns. Click on the link below to download from OPA.

This infographic breaks down the syphilis status of babies based on the among of treatment their mothers received during pregnancy.

This pictorial statistic shows the results for patients who underwent treatment according to different schedules--continuous, intermittent, and irregular. Continuous treatment led to the most satisfactory outcomes for patients while irregular…

This poster explains that syphilis can be cured though it is a serious illness.

"Because They Did Not Wait Too Long"

"About SYPHILIS..We know : 1. The Cause (Spirochetes) 2. How it is Spread 3. And How it May Be Cured"

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. This graphic summarizes the information included in the pamphlet about the cause,…

"Thirty shots of an arsephenamine; forty shots of bismuth. For no other serious disease is there so sure a cure."

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. The photograph shows a physician using a syringe to inject treatment…

"Only a skilled physician can use arsphenamines, basic drugs in modern scientific treatment of syphilis."

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. The photograph shows a physician preparing drugs for syphilis treatment.

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