This time I’m going to concentrate on historically important infectious diseases, and historic medicine and populations. So here is what the blogosphere has to offer from the last couple weeks.
Small Things Considered gives their views on the discovery of Yersinia pestis at East Smithfield, London.
Connor Bamford of the Rule of 6ix discusses new research on the molecular basis of measles transmission.
I wrote about the 19th century meaning of ‘cholera’ here at Contagions.
Kristina Killgrove of Powered by Osteons has been busy over the last couple weeks. Her Roman DNA project has been funded by public donations. Congratulations Kristina! You can read all about her project at the project blog: Roman DNA project. She also wrote about the demography of Republican Rome, the bioarchaeology of crucifixtion, and not-so-ancient concepts of disease.
Rosemary Joyce of Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives writes about Kristina Killgrove’s work on non-elite Roman demographics especially women, or the 99% of Rome.
Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie takes a look at inequity in the dead in Roman Dorset.
Curt Emanuel, the Medieval History Greek, writes about the use of medieval law codes to understand medieval injuries and weregild for brain injuries.
Tim Clarkson of Senchus writes about the St Andrews Sarcophagus.
The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice brings us a case of Seckel’s syndrome, in a child called the Sicilian fairy, and her exploitation.
Jaipreet Virdi of From the Hands of Quacks writes on 19th century aural diagnostic instruments.
Puff the Mutant Dragon writes about the destruction and death of Soviet botanist Nickolai Vavilov by Stalin’s regime.