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The wages of sin : sex and disease, past and present

Author: Peter L Allen
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses diseases and ailments that have been connected to sex throughout history, and the reactions to them that have been shaped by religion or morality.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter L Allen
ISBN: 0226014606 9780226014609 0226014614 9780226014616
OCLC Number: 42463116
Notes: Notes: p. [163]-178.
Description: xxiii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sex by prescription : lovesickness in the Middle Ages --
To live outside the camp : medieval leprosy --
The just rewards of unbridled lust : syphilis in early modern Europe --
A broom in the hands of the Almighty : bubonic plague --
The heinous sin of self-pollution : medicine, morals, and masturbation --
AIDS in the U.S.A.
Responsibility: Peter Lewis Allen.
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Throughout history, Western culture has often viewed disease as punishment for sin. "The Wages of Sin" offers a remarkable history of this perception and explains how these ancient views continue to  Read more...

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