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Plague Through History

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Science  08 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5890, pp. 773-774
DOI: 10.1126/science.1161496

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Plague and the End of Antiquity. The Pandemic of 541-750. Lester K. Little, Ed.. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, in association with the American Academy in Rome, 2007. 380 pp. $85, £45. ISBN 9780521846394. Paper, $29.99, £15.99. ISBN 9780521718974.

Pestilential Complexities. Understanding Medieval Plague. Vivian Nutton, Ed.. Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London, 2008. 138 pp. $72, £35, €52. ISBN 9780854841165.

The contributors to these volumes integrate findings from history, archeology, epidemiology, and molecular biology to provide multifaceted accounts of the plague and its effects on human history.