Re: Pre-contact diseases anyone???

CDBusiness (
21 Jul 1995 13:36:08 -0400

An interesting non-technical discussion of whether syphilis originated in
the New World as a unique disease or was merely a sexually-transmitted
variant of treponematosis, a multi-faceted, world-wide disease that
includes among its manifestations such maladies as yaws, is contained in
"The Columbian Exchange" by Alfred Crosby. Crosby was a research
associate at UCSF Medical Center. The book is heavily footnoted and
contains an extensive bibliography. Plus, it's a great read.