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By combining historical demography and epidemiology, we can (sort of) determine how people throughout history have died.
To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Comorbidity: the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.
– Schistosomiasis: a disease caused by liver flukes that has affected humans for more than 100,000 years.
– Meta-analysis: an examination of data from a number of independent studies of the same subject, in order to determine overall trends.
– Prehistory: the period between when modern humans first appeared and the dawn of agriculture.
– Columbian exchange: the process by which plants, animals, diseases, people, and ideas were introduced from Europe, Asia, and Africa to North and South America and vice versa.
– Zoonosis: a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals.
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