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Re: Disease and World History

The application of recent scientific techniques to the study of disease in history is fascinating and enlightening. A larger socio-political context is also useful. While I emphasize that the new research is useful and thought-provoking, we should also be mindful of one word in the titles of both scientific articles cited, namely "linked". As scientists of all stripes, including social scientists, know, correlation is not causation.

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