Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?: Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World

Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?: Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World

Robert S. Desowitz


An instructive, frequently funny, chronicle of ways the worms and germs of the tropical global have made and are making their approach north. we are living in a fool's paradise, comforted, regardless of all proof on the contrary, that we're insulated from the scourging microbial and parasitic ailments of the tropics. but previous and current heritage unearths that a few of the "classic" tropical illnesses are, in truth, temperate too yellow fever in Philadelphia, the Ebola virus in Maryland and Virginia, and the Mexican pig tapeworm in Brooklyn. Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? strains the starting place of those outstanding, yet on no account remoted, instances. Did the team of the Santa Maria convey syphilis (Pinta) again from the hot international? Did Charles Darwin undergo a chronic ailment and at last die from the chew of an murderer trojan horse whereas touring via Argentina? Writing with enthusiasm and from broad clinical event, Dr. Robert Desowitz is a veritable Sherlock Holmes of parasites and pathogens. Spanning a human heritage of over 50,000 years, Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? additionally seems forward to the consistent hazards of microbial illnesses of exceptional savagery"Doomsday insects" creeping into the industrialized international.

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