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Brings together paleopathologists and infectious disease practitioners to discuss the understanding of past diseases in an attempt to help combat the threat of future pathogens.
`... provocative and informative.' The Lancet
1. OVERVIEW; 2. Disease and the Evolution of Primates; 3. Bacterial Symbionts of Protozoa - Potential Pathogens?; 4. The Microbiology of Amber; 5. Evolution of Arthropod Disease Vectors; 6. THE EMERGENCE AND COEVOLUTION OF HUMAN PATHOGENS; 7. Infectious Processes Around the Dawn of Civilization; 8. The State and Future of Palaeoepidemiology; 9. Anthropological Perspectives on the Study of Ancient Disease; 10. Evolution, infection, and the study of ancient diseases; 11. THE MOLECULAR TAPHONOMY OF BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES AND BIOMARKERS OF DISEASE; 12. Ancient DNA Can Identify Disease Elements; 13. Reconstruction of Palaeoepidemiology; 14. The Archaeology of Enteric Infection; 15. Palaeomicrobiology of Human Pathogens: state of the art and looking to the future; 16. Archaevirology: Characterization of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Pandemic Virus; 17. LESSONS FROM THE PAST
... a fascinating book ... it succeeds quite well in bringing together a rather diverse set of approaches that are not often considered the business of 'mainstream' microbiology. It will appeal to final year microbiology undergraduates and postgraduates as well as senior researchers in bioarchaeology. MicroBiology Today ... provocative and informative. The Lancet This is a very nicely produced book that contains much that is likely to be of interest to readers of the Transactions and the editors are to be congratulated on their initiative in producing a book that can truly be said to be original and for drawing so much disparate information together. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene This publication is of importance for anybody with an interest in these pathogens. European Journal of Protistology.