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I have nothing to offer here except to just say that this is damned interesting. Ancient DNA from bubonic plague victims buried in cemeteries on the old Silk Road trade route in Central Asia has helped solve an enduring mystery, pinpointing an area in northern Kyrgyzstan as the launching point for the Black Death that […]

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? Revisitin

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COVID-19 is not a creation of globalization, but it’s rapid spread around the globe is. And it is just one of many, many diseases that globalization has whipped around the world, many of which don’t affect humans. For instance, there’s a epidemic killing rabbits going on right now that has just been introduced to the […]

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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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 today and it has helped me to flesh out some thoughts I’ve had about this from the beginning of […]

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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