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MedHist=medical history; MedHist=medieval history. Medicine in the Long 12thC. #GlobalHealthHistory (plague, leprosy, TB). Fellow @MedievalAcademy. She/her.
Dec 31, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
What you need to know about the #PestisSecunda. A 🧵 for 2022.
Yesterday, I posed the question; "If we've been this ignorant about the largest pandemic in human history, on what kind of foundation are we basing responses now?"
I was referring to the #2ndPlaguePandemic. 1/n For the past several years, I've been accustomed to saying that most people have a basic misconception of the Black Death (BD), the wave of plague that swept from the Black Sea thru the Middle East, N Africa, & Europe in 1346-53. People thought it came & then disappeared. 2/n
Dec 3, 2021 9 tweets 7 min read
@prof_goldberg @sanghyuk_shin Hi Daniel. OK back online.Thanks. I've been following the phylogeny (evolutionary trees) of SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning, primarily b/c my work the past decade has convinced me that pathogen evolution is the key tool we can use to understand both present & past pandemics. @prof_goldberg @sanghyuk_shin One of the 1st things I did when the announcement came out of 🇿🇦 last week was to look at the phylogenetic tree for what was still being called B.1.1.529 (now #Omicron). It was stunning. I assumed it was a variant of Delta, which has been in active circulation for months.
Dec 29, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
Okay, I've confirmed that the corrected text of the Marmot Supplement has been posted. So I will do a short thread summarizing key points from "The Four Black Deaths" (hereafter, 4BDs). A reminder that the essay+supplement are #OpenAccess until 12/31:…. 1/n tl;dr
1) the Black Death (= #2ndPlaguePandemic) started in 13thC not 14th
2) wasn't just Mediterranean/Europe
3) originated w/ spillover out of marmot reservoir of plague → Big Bang
4) likely spread thru Mongol Empire via grain supplies
5) we need a rethink of 13thC history 2/n
Jun 15, 2020 40 tweets 12 min read
Last week, I mentioned that I was planning a thread for #CiteBlackWomenSunday. I ended up posting a subsidiary thread () about how a novice can do a focused "take" on a historical question that's new to them. But I didn't get to the main thread I planned. The main thread I had planned, in fact, was to cite myself, since it seemed clear that nobody else was going to do so. This is in regard to a blogpost that appeared on 5 June. There, I was "cited" but not read. Here's the blogpost in question:….
Jun 7, 2020 12 tweets 4 min read
I'm going to do a longer thread today in honor of #CiteBlackWomenSunday. But here's a mini-thread 1st w/ an explanation of my reply to a medievalist colleague @tlecaque in a different conversation. He had recommended that s/o read "all" my works. I said, no, start w/ just a few. Why just a few? Obviously, there are only so many hours in the day. The last time I counted (which was several years ago), I had already pub'd over 4000 pages of work. Even I couldn't read all that now! But the more important reason is that I have always believed that we build ..
May 7, 2020 21 tweets 10 min read
Start updating your #BlackDeath lectures, folks! Hannah Barker has just released a pre-print of her eye-popping, paradigm-shifting study: "Laying the Corpses to Rest: Grain, Embargoes, and Yersinia pestis in the Black Sea, 1346-1348,"… #GlobalMiddleAges I'll be tweeting some significant findings from this paper over the next several days, as we build up to next week's "Mother of All Pandemics" session sponsored by the @MedievalAcademy (…). Today, just fn. 3, on Issyk Kul.
Apr 4, 2020 10 tweets 10 min read
@LucyMangan @prof_gabriele @greg_jenner I'll create in a bit a new (short) thread listing the top studies on what we know now about the Black Death. Here, let me respond to two points in the present thread: 1) how historians divide history into "periods"; & 2) "silver linings" interpretations of catastrophes. @LucyMangan @prof_gabriele @greg_jenner 1) So, did the Black Death end the Middle Ages & usher in the Renaissance? A: it's really hard to get any 2 scholars of the centuries btw ca 1300 & ca 1600 to agree on where to draw the line btw "medieval" & "early modern," or even whether a meaningful line is to be drawn at all.
Mar 16, 2020 16 tweets 5 min read
A note to my followers. I've been seeing & hearing in the people I follow a new tone the past couple of days. "Dread" seems to sum it up best. Since hugging everyone is not now advisable, I wanted to share some thoughts on what is giving me a sense of calm right now. 1/n I'm a historian, which means it's my job to step outside any historical context & see the "big picture." The big picture I see can be summed up as follows: 1) we knew this was coming; 2) many are behaving as we expected them to behave. The question remains: Now what do we do? 2/n
Mar 6, 2020 16 tweets 5 min read
Some thoughts about my week of lectures in the UK. I presented on Tuesday at Durham, on Wednesday at Newcastle, & on Thursday at Edinburgh. All three lectures had different themes, but all circled around the common fact that we are in a new era of medical history (#histmed). 1/n In Durham, my topic was "Are Pandemics Comparable? The Present State of Research in Justinianic Plague and Black Death Studies." For my 2014 volume on the Black Death as a (semi-global) pandemic, I had used the definition of Morens et al. 2009. It still holds now, I think. 2/n
Feb 10, 2020 16 tweets 11 min read
@emuehlbe Thanks @emuehlbe, for this invitation to revisit my 2009 state-of-the-field essay on Medieval Medicine. Gosh, what led me to write it? First of all, I had been doing synthetic bibliographical work on the topic of ♀'s medicine for 20 years at that point. 1 of my early essays ... @emuehlbe (…) had been transformative of my thinking & gotten me hooked on the value of taking the pulse of a field/question. In that 1989 essay, I found that, contrary to common belief (and I had believed it, too), ♀'s health was *not* exclusively ♀'s business ...
Feb 6, 2020 17 tweets 20 min read
Okay, since @KevinMKruse now seems to have given his imprimatur to this piece in the @washingtonpost today about #nCoV2019 & past plagues, it seems time for a mini-thread about #medhist & hot takes. #epitwitter: you might want to listen in on this, as it effects you, too. @KevinMKruse @washingtonpost The @washingtonpost piece by Eisenberg et al. makes 3 main points: 1) that the #BlackDeath (the #plague pandemic usually dated to the mid-14thC) is the most commonly invoked analogy when people think of epidemics; 2) that not all "plague" epidemics/pandemics were alike; and 3) ..