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.
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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