About the Author

Jon Arrizabalaga

E-Mail: jonarri@imf.csic.es

Jon Arrizabalaga is Research professor in the History of Medicine and Science at the Milà i Fontanals Institution for Research in Humanities (IMF-CSIC), Barcelona. Among other research areas, his works have focused on medicine and health in pre-modern Europe, and on historiography and history of epidemic, mental and sexually transmitted diseases. He has recently published “Pestis Manufacta: Plague, Poisons and Fear in Mid-fourteenth-century Europe,” in ‘It All Depends on the Dose.’ Poisons and Medicines in European History, eds. Ole Grell, Andrew Cunningham and Jon Arrizabalaga (London: Routledge, 2018), 62–80.

Contributions by Author: Jon Arrizabalaga

Infectious Diseases in Historical Perspective

French Pox Versus Venereal Syphilis

Medical historiography has tended to almost automatically identify the disease that entered European medical and lay writings at the end of the 15th century as morbus gallicus with the present-day condition known as “venereal syphilis.” This identification, which goes back to the invention, in 1530, of the term syphilis as a synonym for morbus gallicus by Girolamo Fracastoro (c. 1478–1553), has been retained by many 19th- and 20th-century medical historians, and there […]