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Past Human Infections

  • Didier Raoult
  • Michel Drancourt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Techniques and Methods

  3. Ancient Microorganisms Bacteria

    1. Bacteria

      1. Helen D. Donoghue
        Pages 75-97
      2. Andreas G. Nerlich, Albert R. Zink
        Pages 99-123
      3. Didier Raoult, Michel Drancourt
        Pages 145-159
      4. Manolis J. Papagrigorakis, Christos Yapijakis, Philippos N. Synodinos
        Pages 161-173
      5. Vu Dang La, Gerard Aboudharam, Didier Raoult, Michel Drancourt
        Pages 175-196
    2. Viruses

      1. Bruno Lina
        Pages 199-211
    3. Parasites

      1. Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu
        Pages 215-222
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-226

About this book


"Paleomicrobiology – Past Human Infections" features the methods and main achievements in this emerging field of research at the intersection of microbiology and evolution, history and anthropology. New molecular approaches have already provided exciting results, such as confirmation of a single biotype of Yersinia pestis as the causative agent of historical plague pandemics, and the closer proximity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from ancient skeletons to modern strains than to Mycobacterium bovis, shedding new light on the evolution of major human pathogens and pathogen–population relationships. Firm microbiological diagnoses also provide historians and anthropologists with new data on which to base evaluation of past epidemics.


Evolution Infektionskrankheiten Tuberkulose anthropology infection infectious disease infectious diseases microbiology microorganism paleomicrobiology parasite plague tuberculosis virus yersinia

Editors and affiliations

  • Didier Raoult
    • 1
  • Michel Drancourt
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de la MéditerranéeFrance

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From the reviews:

"This collection of reviews will appeal to all with an interest as to how microbes have shaped the development of present-day societies. … the authors provide a balanced overview relating case descriptions of the time to more objective findings. … This is a book for browsing and gives cause to reflect on the critical role of microbes in determining the course of western civilization." (Colin Howard, Microbiology Today, July, 2009)