What disease was plague? : on the controversy over the microbiological identity of plague epidemics of the past /

In this monograph, the alternative theories to the established bubonic-plague theory as to the microbiological identity of historical plague epidemics are intensively discussed in the light of the historical sources and the medical primary research and standard works.

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Main Author: Benedictow, Ole Jørgen.
Format: eBook
Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Series:Brill's series in the history of the environment ; v. 2.
Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • The issue and the problems
  • The ethics of scholarly work
  • Rats
  • The spread of bubonic plague over distances
  • Mortality in india
  • Was historical plague a viral or bacterial disease? : the question of immunity
  • Defining feature 1 : latency periods
  • Defining feature 2 : inverse correlation between mortality rate and population density
  • Defining feature 3 : buboes as a normal clinical feature in epidemics
  • Defining feature 4 : DNA of yersinia pestis from plague graves
  • Defining feature 5 : seasonality of bubonic plague
  • The beginning : the alternative theories of Shrewsbury and Morris
  • Gunnar Karlsson's alternative theory : that historical plague was pure epidemics of primary pneumonic plague
  • Twigg's alternative theory
  • The alternative theory of Scott and Duncan
  • Cohn's alternative theory.