"A wise adage directs readers not to judge a book by its cover. The same can be said for a title and an alluring dust jacket. . . . This is a book written by an eminent professional for the serious-minded. Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."
"Parascandola's history of syphilis is compelling from the beginning."
CDC's "Emerging Infectious Diseases"
"Parascandola provides a useful overview of the political and cultural factors that shaped the history of syphilis and the American public's response to it. His goal was to produce a history for the general reader, and this nicely written book, with its fascinating illustrations, should attract a wide audience."
The Journal of American History
"…interesting and informative account of multiple discourses regarding sexually transmitted diseases. . . . Sex, Sin, and SyphiliS≪/i> is compelling, interesting, and informative. It is both scholarly and accessible to the general reader. And it is timely, in light of a current rise in the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases."
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"This book contains enough information -- both charming and thought-provoking -- to aerate any lecture. . . . Well worth the price of admission is Parascandola's discussion of the Tuskegee experiment. . . . That section provides one of the most powerful discussions I've read on exploring the context of medicine to extrapolate meaning. Likewise, Parascandola does an excellent job of exploring the problems of syphilis infection after the development of antibiotics."
Journal of Social History
This book traces the history of syphilis and efforts to control the disease in the United States, from Colonial times to the present.