by Jeffrey H. Schwartz, 292 pp, $25, ISBN 0-8050-10564, New York, NY, Henry Holt & Co, 1993.
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An easily readable, informative, enjoyable, thought-provoking commentary, interspersed with warm, refreshing tales, this book is a worthwhile addition to the personal library. It should interest both general and medical readers, dealing as it does with a subject that is near and dear to our hearts: our bones.
What the Bones Tell Us is written in a popular science style and avoids the highly technical jargon of the specialties of anthropology and paleontology. The refreshing insight into what our bones can tell us about ourselves, the present, the recent past, and the evolutionary past and present piques our curiosity and makes us wonder if there will be a sequel.
Dr Schwartz touches only briefly on the forensic aspect and significance of the study of bones but does emphasize how sensitive an area it is. Under the watchful, albeit superficial, eye of the news media, ever mindful of the big story as
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