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Past Human Infections
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"Paleomicrobiology – Past Human Infections" features the methods and main achievements in this emerging field of research at the intersection of microbiology and evolution, history and anthropology. New molecular approaches have already provided exciting results, such as confirmation of a single biotype of Yersinia pestis as the causative agent of historical plague pandemics, and the closer proximity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from ancient skeletons to modern strains than to Mycobacterium bovis, shedding new light on the evolution of major human pathogens and pathogen–population relationships. Firm microbiological diagnoses also provide historians and anthropologists with new data on which to base evaluation of past epidemics.


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First book devoted to the topics of paleomicrobiology, an emerging field of research at the cross-point of microbiology, history and anthropology


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"Paleomicrobiology – Past Human Infections" features the methods and main achievements in this emerging field of research at the intersection of microbiology and evolution, history and anthropology. New molecular approaches have already provided exciting results, such as confirmation of a single biotype of Yersinia pestis as the causative agent of historical plague pandemics, and the closer proximity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from ancient skeletons to modern strains than to Mycobacterium bovis, shedding new light on the evolution of major human pathogens and pathogen–population relationships. Firm microbiological diagnoses also provide historians and anthropologists with new data on which to base evaluation of past epidemics.


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The Techniques and Methods.- Great Plagues of the Past and Remaining Questions.- Identification and Interpretation of Historical Cemeteries Linked to Epidemics.- Archaeological Proof of an Abrupt Mortality Crisis: Simultaneous Deposit of Cadavers, Simultaneous Deaths?.- Molecular Detection of Past Pathogens.- Histologic Detection of Past Pathogens.- Ancient Microorganisms Bacteria.- Palaeomicrobiology of Tuberculosis.- Past Leprae.- Archaeology of Human Pathogens: Palaeopathological Appraisal of Palaeoepidemiology.- Past Plague.- Typhoid Fever Epidemic in Ancient Athens.- Dental Pulp as a Tool for the Retrospective Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases.- History of Influenza Pandemics.- Human lice: Pediculus and Pthirus.


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ISBN-13: 9783642095016
Publisher: Springer (Springer Berlin Heidelberg)
Publication date: October, 2010
Pages: 226
Weight: 373g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Microbiology
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"This collection of reviews will appeal to all with an interest as to how microbes have shaped the development of present-day societies. … the authors provide a balanced overview relating case descriptions of the time to more objective findings. … This is a book for browsing and gives cause to reflect on the critical role of microbes in determining the course of western civilization." (Colin Howard, Microbiology Today, July, 2009)