Definition: Use of epidemiologic methods to infer how certain diseases might have been distributed in ancient times; how, why and where they originated;, and, armed with this information, to predict possible futures of communicable and other diseases, possible trends in the emergence of new diseases, and reemergence of old ones. Evidence come from contemporary accounts and from, archaeologic studies (evidence derived from bones, teeth, stomach contents).
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