Chapter 4 : A Personal View of How Paleomicrobiology Aids Our Understanding of the Role of Lice in Plague Pandemics

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As early researchers in paleomicrobiology, we have used its techniques to study the plague, generating controversy after the publication of our initial results ( ). The controversy has allowed us to respond and propose new approaches to understanding plague pandemics. Our conclusion is that the plague was related to outbreaks of lice, not to rat fleas, because fleas cannot explain epidemics of this magnitude ( ).

Citation: Raoult D. 2016. A Personal View of How Paleomicrobiology Aids Our Understanding of the Role of Lice in Plague Pandemics, p 29-37. In Drancourt M, Raoult D (ed), Paleomicrobiology of Humans. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0001-2014
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Recovery of dental pulp from an ancient jaw. To view video go to http://www.asmscience.org/files/recovery_of_human_dental_pulp.mpg.

Citation: Raoult D. 2016. A Personal View of How Paleomicrobiology Aids Our Understanding of the Role of Lice in Plague Pandemics, p 29-37. In Drancourt M, Raoult D (ed), Paleomicrobiology of Humans. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0001-2014
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