Syphilis: New World or Old?

Earlier this month the discovery of a 700 year old skeleton showing signs of congenital syphilis was announced by the Medical University of Vienna. Although this might not sound immediately controversial the skeleton itself comes from St Pölten in Austria and that is unusual because syphilis was thought to have been imported to Europe from... Continue Reading →

Earliest Known Case of Leprosy in Britain Hints at Scandinavian Origin

New research released this month (May 2015) has discovered the oldest evidence of leprosy in Britain, and suggests that it may have been introduced to the country originally from Scandinavia. Today leprosy is an eminently treatable disease. Despite it historic reputation it isn't highly contagious and it only transmitted via droplets exhaled by the infected... Continue Reading →

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