Re: diseases and immunity

Eric Brunner (
28 Jun 1996 18:10:39 GMT

Philip Deitiker ( wrote:
: (Eric Brunner) wrote:

: >Philip Deitiker ( wrote:

: >: >The argument that adaptivity is sufficiently related to climactic locales
: >: >(the old Africans work better in the heat line), is rather less than
: >: >convincing, as markedly different pathogens evolved in isolated faunal
: >: >ecosystems.

: >: So the selection of new allele classes simply occurs by chance right.
: >: HLA class types are conserved as groups move from one temperate
: >: climate to the next but the alteration of variants between north and
: >: south america is profound and this data can not be swept under the rug
: >: in lieu of 200 year old interpretations of inaccurate victorian
: >: literature. Your argument about investiment can also be tied to
: >: disease rate since a subsequent waves of colonizers would choose
: >: between regions that were more as opposed to less hospitable, the
: >: presense of tropical diseases and the fear of contracting a disease
: >: that europeans were not familiar with would be a good motivation for
: >: selecting a different colonization site. The colonization of tropical
: >: south america is clearly tied to changes in technologies over the last
: >: 50 years which has allowed the bulk of european colonizers to
: >: penetrate previously inhospitable areas. Part of the equation are the
: >: medical/immunological technologies which prevent and treat new
: >: occurances of disease.

: >Hmm, what is the demographic change you are referring to here?

: See the literature.

Now that you've established some level of background in this set of
modern ethnographic deconstructive, Pre-Contact and Contact Period
demographics, epidemiology, and archaeological problem areas which
surround what is the oldest major issue in New World historicism,
to wit that other than shallow grins you have a very limited grasp
of the subject area, I'd personally appreciate a less obscure cite.

Just which literature do you suggest I see for the demographic change
to which you refer? Cites, or at least reasonably inobscure references
are the usual way of doing things. In your case, I suggest going over
to the Baylor library and looking up Anne Ramenofsky's thesis on film.
It last longer than a "grin" in a newsgroup.

I'm still interested in when the Victorian literature you mention in
passing (as inaccurate) was written. The idea of interpretations of
this body of literature having a 200 year old history is surprising
to say the least, regardless of its accuracy or inaccuracy.

Eric Brunner