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Author Benedictow, Ole Jørgen.
Title What disease was plague? : on the controversy over the microbiological identity of plague epidemics of the past / by Ole J. Benedictow.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.

Series Brill's series in the history of the environment, 1876-6595 ; v. 2
Brill's series in the history of the environment ; v. 2.
Subject Plague -- Microbiology.
Plague -- Epidemiology.
Plague -- History.
Communicable diseases -- History.
Plague -- history.
Plague -- microbiology.
Plague -- epidemiology.
Plague -- history.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 746 pages) : color map.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789004193918 (electronic bk.)
900419391X (electronic bk.)
9789004180024
9004180028
OCLC # 743805291
Additional Format Print version: Benedictow, Ole Jørgen. What disease was plague? Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010 9789004180024 (DLC) 2010030516 (OCoLC)649795889