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Contempo Updates
November 22/29, 2000

Progress in Soft Tissue Paleopathology

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Duluth.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2000;284(20):2571-2573. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2571

Paleopathology seeks to arrive at a broader understanding of human disease by correlating the pathological findings of mummified human tissue with known historical and cultural trends. In 1978 Cockburn1 stated that "those who confine their research entirely to diseases as they exi[s]t at the present moment are operating in a two-dimensional plane: paleopathology adds a third dimension. It is like the difference between monocular and binocular vision."

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