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dc.contributor.authorMulder, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-10T07:53:09Z
dc.date.available2018-01-10T07:53:09Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationPathogenic helminths in the past: Much ado about nothing. 2017, 6:852 F1000Resen
dc.identifier.issn2046-1402
dc.identifier.pmid28928945
dc.identifier.doi10.12688/f1000research.11752.3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10029/621122
dc.description.abstractDespite a long tradition on the extent to which Romanisation has improved human health, some recent studies suggest that Romanisation in general, and Roman sanitation in particular, may not have made people any healthier, given that in Roman times gastrointestinal parasites were apparently widespread, whilst in the present day such parasites rarely cause diseases. Unfortunately, this novel claim neglects the empirical evidence that worldwide infections in over 1.5 billion people are caused by ubiquitous foodborne nematodes. Therefore, many may wonder if fossil remains of soil-transmitted helminths have been reported in ancient sanitation infrastructures. Beneficial access to improved sanitation should always be prioritized, hence how can historical sanitation efforts have ever been harmful? In this short article, a strong plea for caution is given, asking for an augmented nematological record and showing that there is not any evidence against Roman sanitation, neither in the past nor in the present.
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dc.titlePathogenic helminths in the past: Much ado about nothing.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalF1000 Res 2017, 6:852en
html.description.abstractDespite a long tradition on the extent to which Romanisation has improved human health, some recent studies suggest that Romanisation in general, and Roman sanitation in particular, may not have made people any healthier, given that in Roman times gastrointestinal parasites were apparently widespread, whilst in the present day such parasites rarely cause diseases. Unfortunately, this novel claim neglects the empirical evidence that worldwide infections in over 1.5 billion people are caused by ubiquitous foodborne nematodes. Therefore, many may wonder if fossil remains of soil-transmitted helminths have been reported in ancient sanitation infrastructures. Beneficial access to improved sanitation should always be prioritized, hence how can historical sanitation efforts have ever been harmful? In this short article, a strong plea for caution is given, asking for an augmented nematological record and showing that there is not any evidence against Roman sanitation, neither in the past nor in the present.


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