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The Speckled Monster

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 2U03
Professor
Karen Slonim
Semester
Summer

Description
The Speckled Monster The most terrible of all the ministers of death Donald Hopkins 1983 Princes and Peasants SmallpoxFrom Anglo Saxon pocca meaning pocket or pouchSmallpox traced to 1518means small pocks Distinguishes it from great poxsyphillis Pathognomonic symptoms readily identifiable Distinctive rash permanent scars or death Requires large populations to persist SymptomsHeadache Fever Chills Nausea Backache Convulsions delirium occasionally Diffuse rash of flat reddish spots OriginsHumanspecific May have emerged more than once in antiquity Early accounts indistinguishable from current accounts It is shocking to hear the groans of the sufferers to see parts of their bodies as if burnt dissolving away and to smell the intolerable foetor of their putrid flesho Jenulf writing in 923 CEEgyptian mummies show skin eruptions consistent with smallpox Pharaoh Ramses V 1160 BC
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