A Companion to Paleopathology

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Anne L. Grauer
John Wiley & Sons, Nov 18, 2011 - Social Science - 626 pages
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A Companion to Paleopathology offers a comprehensive overview of this rapidly growing sub- field of physical anthropology.
  • Presents a broad overview of the field of paleopathology, integrating theoretical and methodological approaches to understand biological and disease processes throughout human history
  • Demonstrates how paleopathology sheds light on the past through the analysis of human and non-human skeletal materials, mummified remains and preserved tissue
  • Integrates scientific advances in multiple fields that contribute to the understanding of ancient and historic diseases, such as epidemiology, histology, radiology, parasitology, dentistry, and molecular biology, as well as archaeological, archival and historical research.
  • Highlights cultural processes that have an impact on the evolution of illness, death and dying in human populations, including subsistence strategies, human environmental adaptations, the effects of malnutrition, differential access to resources, and interpersonal and intercultural violence
  

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Contents

The Promise the Problems and the Future of
8
Approaches Perspectives and Issues
15
Evolutionary Thought in Paleopathology and the Rise
34
The Bioarchaeological Approach to Paleopathology
58
The Molecular Biological Approach in Paleopathology
76
Understanding Past Diet
97
An Epidemiological Approach to Paleopathology
114
The Analysis and Interpretation of Mummified Remains
152
Bridging
324
Data and Data Analysis Issues in Paleopathology
339
Current Understandings
357
Developmental Disorders in the Skeleton
380
Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases
401
Problems of Differential Diagnosis in Paleopathology
420
Developments in Bioarchaeological
434
Leprosy Hansens disease
458

Archaeoparasitology
170
Exploring HumanAnimal
191
How Does The History of Paleopathology Predict its Future?
214
Methods and Techniques of Inquiry
225
Differential Diagnosis and Issues in Disease Classification
250
Estimating Age and Sex from the Skeleton
268
The Relationship Between Paleopathology
285
Integrating Historical Sources with Paleopathology
310
Past Present and Future
472
Interpreting
492
Joint Disease
513
The Reconstruction ofActivity
531
Context Concepts
553
Index
582
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About the author (2011)

Anne L. Grauer is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. She is the editor of Bodies of Evidence: Reconstructing History Through Skeletal Analysis (1995) and co-editor of Sex and Gender in Paleopathological Perspective (with Stuart-Macadam, 1998). She has served on the editorial board of the American Journal  of Physical Anthropology, the executive board of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and is a past President of the Paleopathology Association.

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