Random Interest: Syphilitic Map

Using data gathered from Civil War conscription records of Northern soldiers the US Army ordered the creation of a map showing those areas of Northern states where the highest incidences of syphilis were found. While Ohio was relatively free of the disease Northern Kentucky, Wisconsin and the Hudson River Valley weren’t so lucky. The article in which I found this information does not give any reasons for why syphilis was more common in certain areas.

syphilis-map
The darker the color the higher the rate of syphilis. At the time of the map’s creation syphilis was untreatable.

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