Advances in Human Palaeopathology provides researchers and practitioners with a comprehensive guide to the main methods and techniques that are currently available for studying diseases and related conditions from human skeletal remains. It describes the ways in which these methods can be applied to the reconstruction of health, disease and activity patterns in the past.
The book is divided into two parts: Part I provides an up-to-date account of some of the latest techniques for studying disease in ancient remains. These include imaging techniques, such as radiography and CT scanning, and biochemical and histological analyses. Recently these have assumed a greater importance in the identification and interpretation of remains, enhancing the more traditional methods based on careful visual inspection of lesions. Part II discusses the diagnosis and interpretation of particular classes of disease. The emphasis here is on what can be learnt by taking a biocultural or holistic approach to the study of disease frequencies at a population level.
Written by an international team of experts, this book provides the first truly integrated methodological and biocultural approach to human palaeopathology. This will be essential reading for all researchers and practitioners concerned with health and disease in past populations.
Overall this is an informative, timely, and extensive book on the recent Advances in Human Paleopathology and as such it should be added to one's repertoire of books to rely upon for explanations of how we arrived at our present state today and where our discipline can and should go in the future. (PaleoAnthropology, 2010) "An excellent and detailed account of recent developments in the field of human palaeopathology. … This book offers an impressive amount of information for both students and more advanced researchers." (Paleopathology Newsletter, December 2009) "Pinhasi and Mays have produced an excellent, balanced compilation that reflects what is currently happening in paleopathology research and that nicely addresses paleopathology as both discipline and tool, highlighting technical advanced and schooling us on how disease manifests in the human skeleton. This is valuable resource that students and professionals interested in human paloepathology should consider adding to their libraries." (American Journal of Human Biology, March 2009) "Visually and textually, this volume is of exceptional value for guiding future generations of paleopathologists." (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, January 2009) "The strengths of the book are numerous … This important collection of 16 chapters provides state-of-the-art overviews of key elements of palaeopathology…. I strongly recommend the book" (The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2008) "Visually and textually, this volume is of exceptional value for guiding future generations of palaeopathologists." (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, September 2008) "The volume nicely demonstrates the shift from the descriptive, diagnostic approach of old to population-oriented research…strongly recommend the book." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2008)
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