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

By Robert S. Desowitz

An instructive, usually funny, chronicle of ways the worms and germs of the tropical international have made and are making their manner north. we are living in a fool's paradise, comforted, regardless of all facts on the contrary, that we're insulated from the scourging microbial and parasitic illnesses of the tropics. but prior and current background unearths that a number of the "classic" tropical illnesses are, in fact, 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 impressive, yet on no account remoted, situations. Did the staff of the Santa Maria deliver syphilis (Pinta) again from the recent global? Did Charles Darwin undergo a prolonged ailment and finally 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 historical past of over 50,000 years, Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? additionally seems forward to the consistent hazards of microbial illnesses of extraordinary savagery"Doomsday insects" creeping into the industrialized international.

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