Beswick (1962) has traced the origin of the name, herpes, which has been used in medicine for at least 25 centuries. Hippocrates, for example, used herpes to describe certain kinds of diseases of the skin and although herpes labialis (febrilis) may have been included in the diseases known as herpes by Hippocrates, it certainly was not the only or principal condition to which he gave this name. A clear account of herpes febrilis was first given in England in the 17th century, and the first adequate description of this virus under its modern name was made in the 18th century. However, not until the end of the 19th century was the modern concept of the virus and the disease it causes finally accepted.
KeywordsHerpes Simplex Herpes Simplex Infection Intranuclear Inclusion Pseudorabies Virus Herpes Labialis
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