Health for Sale

This French medical poster is from a exhibit called "Health for Sale: Posters from the William H. Helfand Collection" currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Strange how vintage art and the French language can make even syphilis seem somehow more benign. A dozen such posters can be seen at PBS. -Thanks, Travis Daub!

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is a social scourge
The victims are uncountable"

Middle left:
"Numerous are those who are affected without knowing.
Syphilis of a couple is one of the principale cause of disease and death among new-borns and children."

Middle right:
"Many chronical diseases are of syphilitic origin. Syphilis is a serious illness, but thankfully curable."

"For every SYPHILITIC, it is a duty to cure themselves and to avoid transmitting its disease."
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