A Companion to Paleopathology

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Anne L. Grauer
John Wiley & Sons, Nov 18, 2011 - Social Science - 626 pages
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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Ethics and Issues in the Use of Human
Evolutionary Thought
The Bioarchaeological Approach
The Molecular Biological Approach
An Epidemiological Approach
The Promise the Problems and
The Relationship Between
Integrating Historical Sources with
Fundamentals of Paleoimaging
Data and Data Analysis Issues
Developmental Disorders in
Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases
Problems of Differential

The Analysis and Interpretation
How Does The History
A Knowledge of Bone at the Cellular
Differential Diagnosis and Issues
Estimating Age and Sex from
Leprosy Hansens disease
Past Present
Nonspecific Infection
Joint Disease

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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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