Bejel: Acquirable only in childhood?

Title

Bejel: Acquirable only in childhood?

Creator

Rothschild B M; Rothschild C; Naples V; Billard M; Panero B

Publisher

Acta Tropica

Date

2006
2006-10

Description

Bejel clearly has a long history in the Middle East and the Sudan, but was it transmitted to Europe? As the major manifestation of bejel is presence of periosteal reaction in 20-40% of afflicted populations, absence of significant population frequency of periosteal reaction in Europe would exclude that diagnosis. Examination of skeletal populations from continental Europe revealed no significant periosteal reaction at the time of and immediately subsequent to the Crusades. Thus, there is no evidence for bejel in Europe, in spite of clear contact (the mechanism of bejel transmission in children) between warring groups, at least during the Crusades. This supports the hypothesis that bejel is a childhood-acquired disease and apparently cannot be contracted in adulthood. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Subject

bejel; crusades; origin; Parasitology; periosteal reaction; skeletal remains; syphilis; treponemal disease; treponematoses; Tropical Medicine; yaws

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

160-164

Issue

2

Volume

99

Citation

Rothschild B M; Rothschild C; Naples V; Billard M; Panero B, “Bejel: Acquirable only in childhood?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6912.

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