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Palaeopathology of Aboriginal Australians
Health and Disease across a Hunter-Gatherer Continent

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521110495

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  • Using data collected from all parts of the continent, this book is a study of the health of Australia's original inhabitants over 50,000 years. It represents the first continental survey of its kind and is the first to quantify and describe important aspects of Australian hunter-gatherer health. Major categories of disease described are: stress, osteoarthritis, fractures, congenital deformations, neoplasms and non-specific and treponemal infections. The author also describes some surgical techniques used by Aboriginal people. A broad-ranging book offering fresh insight into the study of Australian prehistory and Aboriginal culture, the book also illuminates the origins and ecology of human disease.

    • No other text deals with Australian/regional palaeopathology
    • Its broader interpretations will be of international interest
    • Clearly written and highly accessible to people in a wide range of disciplines
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    "Well written; extensive bibliography; excellent and highly instructive photographs and data tables. A worthwhile acquisition." N. Krusko, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521110495
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 153 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. General methodology
    2. The Upper Pleistocene pathology of Sunda and Sahul
    3. Pathology in Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Australian hominids
    4. Stress in traditional Aboriginal society
    5. Infectious disease
    6. Osteoarthritis
    7. Trauma
    8. Dental disease
    9. Neoplastic disease
    10. Congenital disease
    11. The pathology of a Late Holocene Papua New Guinea community (Motupore)
    12. A personal view of the reburial issue in Australia
    13. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Stephen Webb, Bond University, Queensland

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