Joseph Grunpeck's Astrological Explanation of the French Disease
Sins of the Flesh. Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
In this essay I argue that Grunpeck used his tract on the French Disease (today known as syphillis) to ingratiate himself into the Holy Roman Emperor's court. In this way, Grunpeck's tract, the earliest printed tract on the French Disease, is less a medical text than a skillfully crafted piece of political propaganda and self promotion.--author-supplied description
Hayton, Darin. "Joseph Grunpeck's Astrological Explanation of the French Disease." Sins of the Flesh: Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe. ed. Kevin Patrick Siena.Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2005. 81-106. Print.