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  • Infection Of U.S. Cattle With Bse
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    Mad Cow Disease There are two new diseases in a growing line to plague humankind. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and its human form, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, better known as mad cow disease, are new kinds of diseases that appear to be unstoppable. Mad Cow disease is caused by a mutated chain of proteins in a strand of DNA. Because it is neither a virus nor a bacterium, the protein chain has been named a prion. What happens is still unknown, but the theory is that an animal ingests a mutated ...
  • Two Centuries Of Introduced Disease
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    Introduction of foreign pathogens into Australia It is widely known that the poor health experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders relates from complex reasons originating from their history after European settlement. Two centuries of introduced disease, combined with today's lifestyle diseases and impoverished socioeconomic and environmental conditions, have had devastating, and all too often fatal, effects on Indigenous health. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populat...
  • Most Common Killer Of 18th Century Europeans
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    Samuel Johnson wrote that the life of the common man living in Europe during the 18th century was little to be enjoyed and much to be endured. (1) The masses of the 18th century lived short demanding lives. The life expectancy of the average person living in Europe during the 18th century was roughly 30 years. A combination of disease, scientific ignorance, and malnutrition was responsible for the surpisengly short lives of 18th century Europeans. (2) During the Old Regime, Europeans were almost...
  • Native Peoples Of The Americas
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    In the article, "Columbus's Legacy: Genocide in the America's", by David E. Stannard, the theme can be identified as contrary to popular belief that the millions of native peoples of the Americas that perished in the sixteenth century died not only from disease brought over by the Europeans, but also as a result of mass murder, as well as death due to working them to death. Stannard starts out the article by citing contemporary examples of U.S. press's thought of "worthy and unworthy" victims. H...
  • Native Americans And The Europeans
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    During the early years of colonization and exploration in North America and Africa, many New World "collided" and brought to each other many new things, both good and bad. There were exchanges of ideas, products and crops that greatly advanced the cultures of all involved, but on the other hand, new diseases, and harsh treatment of one another were also present. Before the arrival of the Europeans to present day United States, the Native Americans treated their homeland with respect and with spi...
  • Military Force And The Europeans
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    North America's Different History The human history in North America I believe was very different than that of Asia, Eurasia, and Europe. One example of why I believe that North America's history was different is that the importance of a military force was far more important to the Europeans than the Americans. The Europeans were so intertwined in their problems of over population, poverty, and political order that the need for a military was needed. The Americans did not have these problems rig...
  • Spread Of Disease In The New World
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    "It is often said that in the centuries after Columbus landed in the New World on 12 October, 1492, more native North Americans died each year from infectious diseases brought by the European settlers than were born". (6) The decimation of people indigenous to the Americas by diseases introduced by European invaders is unprecedented. While it is difficult to accurately determine the population of the pre-Columbian Americas, scholars estimate the number to have been between 40 and 50 million peop...

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