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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 comic poster shows servicemen talking about women. One brags he can tell from looking at a woman if she has syphilis. They seek out the medical officer to settle the debate. He explains that only a blood test can confirm if someone has syphilis…

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 poster advises that a man who wants to engage in premarital sex may have venereal disease. It describes how gonococcal and syphilitic germs may be transmitted. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"A man who would…

This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

This is a page from a health newsletter created for workers by a industrial health program in Fort Greene, an area in Brooklyn, NY. Each issue focused on different health issue. Two of the issues this year were on syphilis.

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.

This infographic conveys that there are more new cases of syphilis and gonorrhea each year compared to other infectious diseases.

This is a reproduction of the 1/10 infographic originally from the Reader's Digest and Survey Graphic articles by Parran. Here it is included in a pamphlet by Pictorial Statistics, Inc. to highlight their work and the effectiveness of infographics.

This pictorial statistic compares the incidence of syphilis in New York and Scandinavia. Even though the two areas have approximately equal populations, New York has 50,000 new cases annually, while Norway, Sweden, and Denmark only have about 2,000.

This pictorial statistic shows the incidence of syphilis in Sweden 1916-1934. While there was a sharp increase in 1919, new cases decreased dramatically in the 1920s and 1930s. It is from the article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" from the July 1936 issue of…

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…

"In Prostitution : In Marriage"

This infographic shows how syphilis is spread in prostitution and marriage. These graphics are based on case records from the NY State Department of Health. The image is from a reprint of the July 1936 article…

"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,…

"These gleaming spirals are Spirochaeta pallida. It would take 3,500 of them, ent to end, to make an inch." Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. The photograph shows a microscopic view of spirochetes, the germs that cause…

This is the cover design for the 1937 report on the Chicago Syphilis Control Program.

This pictorial statistic shows the results of syphilis treatment during pregnancy. It is from a reprint of the July 1936 article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" in Survey Graphic.

This is a pictorial statistic that breaks down the incidence of syphilis by age and sex. It also includes a graphic to compare the total population distribution by age and sex. It is from the article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" from the July 1936 issue of…

This is a pictorial statistic about syphilis rates from the article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" from the July 1936 issue of Survey Graphic.
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