Emerging Pathogens: The Archaeology, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease

Paperback | August 6, 2003

EditorCharles L. Greenblatt, Mark Spigelman

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Many ancient diseases with a long history of afflicting mankind such as Tuberculosis and Malaria are now re-emerging. Greenblatt brings together palaeopathologists, anthropologists, molecular biologists and modern infectious disease specialists to examine this phenomenon. New techniques allowus to detect ancient pathogen DNA and other biomarkers, in effect the chemical 'signatures' of pathogens. These tools could help us develop strategies to combat modern emerging diseases.This book focuses on ancient diseases in order to bridge the gap that has for so long separated today's infectious disease specialists and the paleopathologists who describe pathology in skeletal and mummified remains. Linking these two research communities, and incorporating the views ofanthropologists, medical ecologists and molecular/evolutionary biologists, will hopefully promote a better understanding of this complex but vitally important field. A more thorough knowledge of the impact of evolutionary biology on the host-parasite relationship may even enable us to coexist withthese pathogenic micro-organisms.The book is intended to stimulate debate and co-operation between infectious disease specialists, medical researchers, archaeologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists.

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Many ancient diseases with a long history of afflicting mankind such as Tuberculosis and Malaria are now re-emerging. Greenblatt brings together palaeopathologists, anthropologists, molecular biologists and modern infectious disease specialists to examine this phenomenon. New techniques allowus to detect ancient pathogen DNA and other...

Former Director, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.65 inPublished:August 6, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Evolutionary Context of Pathogenesis1. Greenblatt: Overview2. Martin: Disease and the Evolution of Primates3. Gortz: Bacterial Symbionts of Protozoa - Potential Pathogens?4. Cano: The Microbiology of Amber5. Black: Evolution of Arthropod Disease VectorsPrelude to Human Disease6. Baum: The Emergence and Coevolution of Human Pathogens7. Rothschild: Infectious Processes Around the Dawn of Civilization8. Cohen: The State and Future of Palaeoepidemiology9. Ubelaker: Anthropological Perspectives on the Study of Ancient Disease10. Ewald: Evolution, infection, and the study of ancient diseasesThe Spread of Human Disease11. Matheson: The Molecular Taphonomy of Biological Molecules and Biomarkers of Disease12. Herrmann: Ancient DNA Can Identify Disease Elements13. Dutour: Reconstruction of Palaeoepidemiology14. Nataro: The Archaeology of Enteric Infection15. Spigelman: Palaeomicrobiology of Human Pathogens: state of the art and looking to the future16. Taubenberger: Archaevirology: Characterization of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Pandemic VirusA Virtual Discussion: new technologies and lessons for the future17. Greenblatt: Lessons from the Past

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`This publication is of importance for anybody with an interest in these pathogens.'European Journal of Protistology