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Book and Media Reviews
September 20, 2006

Paleopathology

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(11):1407-1412. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1408-b

Detailed scientific investigation of the normal and pathological human remains of past populations is the basis for bioarcheology and paleopathology. In recent times, this scientific approach is increasingly recognized as a source for understanding life and death in ancient times. Such investigations may shed light on how the interactions of humans and their environment influence disease.

The Archaeology of Disease comprehensively describes the current status of paleopathology. A classic in its field, it is written by two renowned experts, Professor Charlotte A. Roberts, a bioanthropologist, and Dr Keith Manchester, a medical practitioner, both with great expertise in osteopathology and ancient diseases. The merger of their extensive knowledge on ancient human remains has resulted in an excellent textbook that since its inception in 1983 has served as a widely used reference for paleopathologists.

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