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Infectious diseases in paleopathology: a methodological approach to epidemiological situations (2021)


The study of infectious diseases in the past is a very interesting and important topic. In the last years a series of new tools were used in Paleopathology in order to increase the reliability of the results. The aim of our research was to present a suggestion for the approach to the study of infectious diseases in the past. This methodology is based on interdisciplinary bases and is divided into four steps: excavation, macroscopic analysis of bone or mummified remains, molecular analysis to confirm the presence of the pathogen or for its discovery from scratch and observation of mortality curves for evaluate the demographic impact of the disease. Through the complementary use of these four steps, results can be obtained that can increase the level of reliability of the clinical evaluation and of the spread of an infectious disease.

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Authors & Contributors
Varotto, Elena
García Ferrandis, Xavier
Crawshaw, Jane L. Stevens
Tullo, Ellen
Serrón, Víctor
Alcalá Ferráez, Carlos
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of Medical Biography
Quod Manet Press
Ashgate Publishing
Ohio University Press
Cambridge University Press
Yale University Press
Public health
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Mayhew, Henry
Andrade, Nuno Ferreira de
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Rush, Benjamin
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
Early modern
Valencia (Spain)
Venice (Italy)

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