Chickenpox and Shingles: Historical and Palæovirological Considerations

F. M. Galassi, L. Ingaliso, E. Percivaldi, E. Varotto

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This article summarises the main historical and palæopathological aspects of chickenpox and shingles, two diseases caused by the same pathogen, the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The history of these two diseases is traced back from historical and literary sources, including medical biographies of famous patients of the past (as in the case of Louis XV, King of France), to scientific descriptions of the Modern and Contemporary ages, and also examining votive representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Evolution
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2021


  • chickenpox
  • herpes zoster
  • Louis XV
  • palæovirology
  • phylogenesis
  • vaccine
  • virus


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