M-STO/05 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

A) Basic Concepts: Medicine and Philosophy; B) A Scientific Biography of Giovan Filippo Ingrassia C) Palaeopathology of the Plague.

Textbook Information

A. General Part of the Discipline: The Modern Medicine

M.D. Grmek (a cura di), Storia del pensiero medico occidentale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1996, vol. II, pp. 3-92; 195-380; 425-468


B. The Ingrassia Case (2 CFU)

L. Ingaliso, L’epidemiologia di Giovan Filippo Ingrassia e la Parte Quinta del Pestifero et contagioso morbo, Acireale-Roma, Bonanno, 2017, pp. 7-162;


C. F.M. Galassi: Palaeopathology of the Plague (1 CFU)

S.E. Rollins et al. Yersinia pestis and the plague. American Journal of Clinical Pathology 2003;119 Suppl:S78-85.

A.C. Aufderheide, C. Rodiguez-Martin. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 3rd edition, 2006, sub voce “Plague”, pp. 195-198.

Ligon BL. Plague: a review of its history and potential as a biological weapon. Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2006;17(3):161-170.

S.N. DeWitte. Mortality risk and survival in the aftermath of the medieval Black Death. PLoS One. 2014;9(5):e96513 (8 pp.)

B. Bramanti et al. Plague: A Disease Which Changed the Path of Human Civilization. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 2016;918:1-26.

Spyrou MA et al. Historical Y. pestis Genomes Reveal the European Black Death as the Source of Ancient and Modern Plague Pandemics. Cell Host Microbe. 2016;19(6):874-881.

E. Yang. Plague: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2017;56(1). pii: e01519-17 (6 pp.)

B. Bramanti et al. A critical review of anthropological studies on skeletons from European plague pits of different epochs. Scientific Reports 2018;8(1):17655 (12 pp.)

F.M. Galassi et al. Boccaccio e la paleopatologia. Heliotropia 2018, 15, pp. 267-280 [ai fini del corso solo le pp. 273-275]

C.J. Mussap. The Plague Doctor of Venice. Internal Medicine Journal 2019;49(5):671-676.

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