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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology

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Odin M. Langsjoen
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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403772

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  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology is a major reference work for all those interested in the identification of disease in human remains. Many diseases leave characteristic lesions and deformities on human bones, teeth and soft tissues that can be identified many years after death. This comprehensive volume includes all conditions producing effects recognizable with the unaided eye. Detailed lesion descriptions and over 300 photographs and diagrams facilitate disease recognition and each condition is placed in context with discussion of its history, antiquity, etiology, epidemiology, geography, and natural history. Uniquely, diseases affecting the soft tissues are also included as these are commonly present in mummified remains.

    • Includes all conditions recognizable to unaided eye, with over 300 illustrations
    • Uniquely, also covers lesions in soft tissue found in mummified remains, not just in bones and teeth
    • Also describes antiquity, epidemiology, etiology and natural history of each condition, allowing reader to put disease in context
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "All human life, death, and disease is here, meticulously described and remorselessly illustrated in forensic detail. This is an indispensable guide to the downside of being human." New Scientist

    "This book is a valuable source of information mainly for physical anthropologists, historians, and students not familiar with modern human pathology. The references are excellent and cover worldwide topics related to this subspecialty." Modern Pathology

    "This is a well illustrated and written text on all the aspects of human paleopathology from `abortion' to `zimenematosis'. A well indexed world class reference." Journal of American Association of Forensic Dentists

    "The two medical authors have produced a major reference work for all who are interested in the history of disease and the identification of specific conditions in skeletal and mummified soft tissue remains. Aufderheide and Rodríguez-Martín are to be congratulated for producing such a well-integrated text full of interesting insights concerning the multidisciplinary field of paleopathology: old controversies are summarized, new techniques are described, and many diseases not yet recognized in ancient remains are included with the expectation that refined analysis of ancient human remains will aid in their diagnosis." R. Ted Steinbock, MD, Journal of the American Medical Association

    "[The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology] will be valuable to archaeologists, osteologists, paleopathologists, demographers, and medical historians. University and college libraries must add this to their collections because it offers new perspectives on the analysis of disease in past and present populations." Choice

    "...the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology should be a welcomed addition to the library of any paleopathology professional, upper-level graduate student interested in paleopathology or archaeologist with an advanced understanding of human anatomy." Jennifer Yaeger Fillion, SAS Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403772
    • length: 498 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 216 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. History of paleopathology
    2. Pseudopathology
    3. Traumatic conditions
    4. Congenital anomalies
    5. Circulatory disorders
    6. Joint diseases
    7. Infectious diseases
    8. Diseases of the viscera
    9. Metabolic diseases
    10. Endocrine disorders
    11. Hematological disorders
    12. Skeletal dysplasias
    13. Neoplastic conditions
    14. Diseases of the dentition Odin Langsjoen
    15. Miscellaneous conditions

  • Authors

    Arthur C. Aufderheide, University of Minnesota, Duluth

    Conrado Rodriguez-Martin, Instituto Canario de Paleopatologia y Bioantropologia


    Odin M. Langsjoen

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