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.
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
Aufderheide AC. Progress in Soft Tissue Paleopathology. JAMA. 2000;284(20):2571-2573. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2571