Syphilis, Europe, Americas discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind


So this kind of gets you onto the route of, well, maybe the new world did have the case of syphilis. Oh, it's not that clear cut is we'll discuss. And this leads us to what is called the unitarian hypothesis which has nothing to do with Unitarians. The religious sense of the world where don't worry Unitarians we're not. We're not nailing this one on you unitarian, in the sense of that that it unites the old world and new world hypotheses regarding the emergence of syphilis in Europe. The basic idea here is that you do have Columbus in his sailors setting sail from Europe to the new world to the Americas, and when they're there, they do come into skin-to-skin contact, sexual and non sexual with natives there. And then they end up acquiring Trump animal diseases. Now, you know, again to the jewel to to pinch, I think to yours, but not necessarily syphilis proper, but they bring back a relative of syphilis may bring it back to a drastically new incubation world. We're talking about a different environment because in the in the Americas, you know, individuals who syphilis they're going to largely be in, you know, smaller communities, but then you bring them to a European port town. You bring it to a world where individuals aware wearing. More close. Thus allowing for less skin on skin contact. You bring it to a world where you have brothels a world where you have tiny ships tightly packed with men sailing from one port to the next port throughout Europe. And what happens according to this hypothesis is that the the trip in name will disease changes and and we get this subspecies of trumpeting palim that causes syphilis as we know it. So it is a story of new tation under new environmental circumstances. Yeah. If anyone is interested in taking a deeper dive into this and and some of the skeletal evidence behind this, there is a paper or two thousand twelve paper called the science behind pre-columbian evidence of syphilis in Europe research by documentary. And that goes into this much more. And I wanted to quote Molly documentaries. One of the authors of paper, she says in reality, it appears that venereal syphilis was the by product of two different population. Meeting in exchanging pathogen. It wasn't adaptive event, the natural selection of disease independent of morality or blame. It's not a situation of all those sinful sailors there. Oh, those diseased natives in this new world. It's it's something more complicated than that. Yeah. In, you know, at the outset of this, the researchers for this paper, they really wanted to to sort of disprove this idea that Columbus and his crew were vectors for syphilis because they thought it can't be that just, you know, Columbus and his his guys hung out in America and then brought it back to Europe and spread supplus all over the place. Can't be that simple and it's not that simple. You know, because the trick here is that it mutated adapted rather, but they really, they went into it with the intent of saying knack, can't be. Yeah, because it does sound like something you would read and sort of. Spiracy theory kind of message board, right? Like hold lease two dates lineup, we can correlate this a little bit. Therefore that must be what happened now you, we do want to drive home that these are all hypotheses and this is still an area that everyone's there are a lot of papers that come out about this. There's a lot of discussion. A lot argument lasted did a lot of disagreement. So there's no definitive answer here, and it may indeed be one of those areas where we never have a definitive answer. It's true. And you know the the researchers who worked on that paper also worked..

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