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《The Western Regions Studies》 2017-04
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The Diseases of Yarkand Recorded in the Travels of Marco Polo

Luo Shuai;  
In the English edition of The Travels of Marco Polo,strange illnesses prevalent among the Yarkand people were mentioned,but no annotators of the book has made reasonable explanations about it so far.This paper holds that two of these illnesses,i.e.elephantiasis and goiter,were not from the observation of Marco Polo himself,but the new segments added into the versions L,Z and R of Marco Polo's book between the 14th and 16th centuries.The paper analyses the etiology and the epidemic time of these two diseases and reviews the changes of the politics,economy and population in Yarkand since the Han Dynasty.
【Fund】: 新疆师范大学西域文史研究中心招标课题“我国新疆及阿富汗出土中古(3~9世纪)文献综合研究”(项目批号:XJEDU040215B03)的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: K29;R-09
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