Common Diseases in Ancient Times

  • Philip Norrie


In this chapter Dr. Norrie describes all the likely infectious diseases that were present during the late Bronze Age that could have caused the end of the Hittite Empire and the end of the Bronze Age in the Near East. The list of diseases includes the zoonoses bubonic plague, anthrax, tularemia, typhus and cholera. Other diseases proposed include leprosy, smallpox, tuberculosis, influenza, poliomyelitis, measles, malaria, typhoid fever and dysentery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Norrie
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  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty AffiliateSchool of Public and Community Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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