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Peruvian mummy shows that TB preceded Columbus

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:808
  1. Fred B. Charatan

    A study of the naturally mummified remains of a Peruvian woman shows conclusively that pulmonary tuberculosis was present centuries before Columbus discovered the New World. The mummy of the middle aged woman was exhumed in 1990, and radio-carbon studies have indicated that she died about 1000 years ago. …

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