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Part of Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology

  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108730884

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  • Palaeopathology is an evidence-based guide to the principal types of pathological lesions often found in human remains and how to diagnose them. Tony Waldron presents an innovative method of arriving at a diagnosis in the skeleton by applying what he refers to as 'operational definitions'. The method ensures that those who study bones will use the same criteria for diagnosing disease, thereby enabling valid comparisons to be made between studies. Waldron's book is based on modern clinical knowledge and provides background information on the natural history of bone disease. In addition, the volume demonstrates how results from studies should be analysed, methods of determining the frequency of disease, and other types of epidemiological analysis. This edition includes new chapters on the development of palaeopathology, basic concepts, health and disease, diagnosis, and spinal pathology. Chapters on analysis and interpretation have been thoroughly revised and enlarged.

    • Provides a comprehensive account of the principals and practice of palaeopathology
    • Uses up-to-date medical and pathological knowledge to explain difficult concepts in straightforward language and provide references to key points
    • Introduces the concept of operational definitions to ensure consistency in diagnosing lesions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a well-written and authoritative text that assumes a suitable background in relevant biomedical disciplines … The book will primarily be of interest to archaeologists, forensic anthropologists, bone specialists, and those working in or studying related fields … Recommended.' T. Brennan, CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108730884
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 179 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction and Concepts:
    1. Beginnings
    2. Basic assumptions
    3. Health and disease
    4. Diagnosis
    Part II. Pathology:
    5. Osteoarthritis
    6. Other joint diseases
    7. Spinal pathology
    8. Infectious diseases
    9. Metabolic diseases
    10. Trauma
    11. Neoplastic diseases
    12. Disorders of growth and development
    13. Special pathology
    14. Dental disease
    Part III. Analysis:
    15. Introduction to epidemiology
    16. Interpretation.

  • Author

    Tony Waldron, University College London
    Tony Waldron is Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. An epidemiologist and consulting physician at three London teaching hospitals, he is the author of several hundred papers and books.

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