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This is super fascinating: But what about the survivors of what remains the single greatest mortality event ever recorded? New research published Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests it was more than luck that determined who lived and who died.Analysis of centuries-old DNA from both victims and survivors of the Black Death has identified key […]
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Miasma

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On April 24, 2021
Well, this is certainly an interesting argument from the historian of medicine Melanie Kiechle. Does the pandemic mean that we need to take 19th century theories of medicine seriously again? Revisiting the history of miasma theory and its subsequent disappearance from our understandings of disease tells us that our routines for disease prevention have fluctuated […]
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If you read the comments at LGM or anywhere else on the liberal internet, it’s all doom and gloom, with commenters one upping each other in assuming the very worst news about the virus. But the increasing evidence from scientists is that….this disease operates like most other diseases. People get it, some die, others start […]

Do Not Be a Fool

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On May 13, 2020

The Spanish were able to conquer the Mexica (Aztecs) due to the smallpox wiping out Tenochtitlan between 1519-21. But in the writings that survived the Spanish conquest, there were guides to the emper

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How the Pandemic Ends

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On May 10, 2020
I am not a historian of medicine. But as an environmental historian, I’m familiar enough with this cousin of my field to know the stories they tell well enough. And this interview with various historians of medicine about how the pandemic ends (or perhaps “ends”) seems right to me. Basically, there’s no real end and […]

1919 vs 2020

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On May 7, 2020

I want to take a minute, step back a bit, and talk about comparative responses to the last two major flu (or flu-like) epidemics in the United States. This came up in comments to Paul’s post tod

A Medical Katrina

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On March 13, 2020

If there’s one voice we need to hear from on COVID-19, it is that of Mike Davis, the great writer about disasters and inequality. His take is bracing. A year from now we may look back in admirat

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