Cassandra Marie Seda DeGaglia: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9578-6904
Mississippi State University
Zuckerman, Molly K.
Ubelaker, Douglas H.
Osterholtz, Anna J.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures
This work identifies and describes pathological skeletal changes associated with and attributable to acquired syphilis and which potentially caused functional impairment within eleven skeletal individuals recovered from five industrial-era London cemeteries. In eight (72.73%), functional impairment was likely or very likely, based on type and distribution of lesions across their skeleton. These impairments likely impacted the individuals’ ability to engage in various forms of physical activity, potentially limiting their economic potential. These results expand our still highly limited understanding of syphilis’s functional impacts within past populations, especially within industrial-era societies, querying longstanding characterizations of tertiary gummatous involvement as benign, while encouraging paleopathological investigations of the functional impacts of syphilis in past populations in which the disease was endemic, such as industrial-era England. Further, with syphilis rates on the rise globally, this information may be informative prognostically for present-day clinical cases of primary to tertiary stage undiagnosed and/or untreated syphilis.
DeGaglia, Cassandra Marie Seda, "Assessing the functional impacts of acquired syphilis in industrial England" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5586.