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Omar O. Barriga barriga.2 at osu.edu
Sun Jul 20 13:36:16 EST 1997

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>Two items I hope that somebody can steer me towards. The first is a history of the 
>cadeusis. 'We' know it as Dracunculus medinensis wrapped on a staff, but did Herodotus 
>mention it in his 'History', are their biblical references to the cadeusis or just the 
>'fiery serpent,' how deep into Africa was its use as a symbol of a 'healer' found, is it 
>still used in D. medinensis-indigenous regions, and why is Mercury associated with the 
>cadeusis. The second relates to techtonic plate movements and the theory of continental 
>drift. I understand this was first proposed by a parasitologist who studied parasites of 
>fresh-water fish in South America and Australia. Can anybody give me his name or a 
>reference of this work? I'm trying to gather interesting parasitological topics for use 
>in a potential PBS series for the ASP, along the lines of 'Cosmos,' but for parasites. 
>One part would cover parasites in history, so if anyone cares to offer their favorite 
>historical parasite topic, then I'd be much intrigued and thankful.


Do you know about the book "Veterinary Medicine. An Illustrated History" by
Dunlop and Williams (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996, US$ 89.95, ISBN 
0-8016-4209-9)?  It is excellent and has quite a bit of history of 
parasitology.  You should check it out for your project.
			Omar O. Barriga

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