Re: Pre-contact diseases anyone???

Rkeeologi (
8 Jul 1995 07:30:32 -0400

>Subject: Re: Pre-contact diseases anyone???
>From: (Whelko)
>Date: 7 Jul 1995 17:39:22 -0400
>Message-ID: <3tk9ia$>

>In addition to the smallpox story, I also remember hearing that
>arthritis was unknown in precontact americas-I suppose from bone
>but don't really remember. Can anyone confirm/deny this?
>Chris Welch

Chris, there is fairly extensive evidence for arthritis in New World
populations, and is one of the things I'm looking for in a population from
7000 B.P.

My paleopathology text is in the car, and as I'm still in my p.j.'s, I'm
not about to run out and get it... I'll post cites later.

MB Williams
*Some people are so educated they can bore you on almost any subject* ~