Tuberculosis in early medieval Switzerland - osteological and molecular evidence

Cooper, Christine; Fellner, Robert; Heubi, Olivier; Maixner, Frank; Zink, Albert; Lösch, Sandra (2016). Tuberculosis in early medieval Switzerland - osteological and molecular evidence. Swiss medical weekly, 146(w14269), w14269. EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag 10.4414/smw.2016.14269

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Lesions consistent with skeletal tuberculosis were found in 13 individuals from an early medieval skeletal sample from Courroux (Switzerland). One case of Pott’s disease as well as lytic lesions in vertebrae and joints, rib lesions, and endocranial new bone formation were identified. Three individuals with lesions and one without were tested for the presence of MTBC aDNA, and in two cases, evidence for MTBC aDNA was detected. Our results suggest the presence of tuberculosis in the analyzed material which is in accordance with other osteological and biomolecular research that reported high prevalence of tuberculosis in medieval skeletons.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Cooper, Christine; Fellner, Robert and Lösch, Sandra

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISSN:

1424-7860

Publisher:

EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandra Lösch

Date Deposited:

26 Nov 2015 13:52

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2019 15:17

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2016.14269

PubMed ID:

26826871

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73121

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73121

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