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The Global History of Paleopathology: Pioneers and Prospects

Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts


This book provides a global compendium on the history of paleopathology, an interdisciplinary scientific discipline that focuses on the study of ancient disease. Offering perspectives from regions that have traditionally had long histories of paleopathology, such as the United States and parts of Europe, this volume also presents important work by an international roster of scholars who are writing their own regional and cultural histories in the field. The book identifies major thinkers and figures who have contributed to paleopathology, as well as significant organizations and courses that h ... More

Keywords: global compendium, history of paleopathology, Paleopathology Association, ancient DNA, isotopes, scientific research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Buikstra, editor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Regents' Professor of Bioarchaeology

Charlotte Roberts, editor
University of Durham, Professor of Archaeology

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Part I Biographies

1 John Lawrence Angel (1915–1986)

Jane E. Buikstra and Eleanna Prevedorou

2 Arthur C. Aufderheide (1922–)

Kenneth C. Nystrom and Larry Cartmell

4 T. Aidan Cockburn (1912–1981) and Eve Cockburn (1924–2003)

Charlotte A. Roberts, Mary Lucas Powell, and Jane E. Buikstra

7 Keith Manchester (1938–)

Charlotte A. Roberts

8 Charles “Chuck” Merbs

Phillip L. Walker, Jane E. Buikstra, and Stephanie Mcbride-Schreiner

9 Roy L. Moodie

Della Collins Cook

10 “Dr. Dan”

Jerome C. Rose and Dolores L. Burke

11 Donald J. Ortner: (1938–)

Mary Lucas Powell

18 Calvin Percival Bamfylde Wells (1908–1978)

Charlotte A. Roberts and Keith Manchester

Part II Moments

19 Trevor Anderson (1955–2005)

Jacqueline I. Mckinley

20 David Birkett (1934–1990)

Charlotte A. Roberts and Keith Manchester

21 Alice Mossie Brues (1913–2007)

Mary K. Sandford, Lynn Kilgore, Diane L. France

22 Domingo Campillo Valéro

Conrado Rodríguez-Martín and Miguel Botella-López

23 Mahmoud Yousef K. El-Najjar (1942–2009)

Abdulla A. Al-Shorman and Jerome C. Rose

25 Aleš Hrdlička (1869–1943)

Jane E. Buikstra, Donald J. Ortner, and Stephanie Mcbride-Schreiner

26 Juliet Margaret Rogers (1940–2001)

Louise Loe and Lucy Rogers

29 Neglected Ancestors

Della Collins Cook

Part III Regions


32 Development of Paleopathology in the Nile Valley

Brenda J. Baker and Margaret A. Judd

33 Paleopathological Studies in South Africa

Alan G. Morris and Maryna Steyn

The Americas

38 Conducting Paleopathology in Mexico

Vera Tiesler and María Teresa Jaén

40 Paleopathology in Argentina and Brazil

Sheila Maria Ferraz Mendonça de Souza and Ricardo A. Giochón


41 From Morphometrics to Holistics

Ekaterina A. Pechenkina

43 The Pioneers of Paleopathology in France

Joël Blondiaux, Olivier Dutour and Montserrat Sansilbano-Collilieux

44 Paleopathology in Germanic Countries

Maria Teschler-Nicola and Gisela Grupe

45 A Short History of Paleopathological Research in Hungary

György Pálfi, Antonia Marcsik, and Ildikó Pap

46 Paleopathology in Italy

Gino Fornaciari, Valentina Giuffra, and Simona Minozzi

47 Paleopathology in Israel

Israel Hershkovitz

48 History of Paleopathology in Japan

Parthenia Giannakopoulou and Takao Suzuki

50 History of Paleopathology in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

Rimantas Jankauskas and Guntis Gerhards

55 Portuguese Developments in Paleopathology

Ana Luísa Santos and Eugénia Cunha

56 Paleopathology in Russia

Alexandra Buzhilova

57 Regional Developments

Nancy Tayles, Siân Halcrow, and Natthamon Pureepatpong

58 A History of Paleopathology in Spain

Conrado Rodríguez-Martín

59 Swedish Paleopathology and Its Pioneers

Torbjörn Ahlström and Caroline Arcini

60 History of Paleopathology in Switzerland

Philipp Gruber, Thomas Böni, Frank J. Rühli


62 The History of Paleopathology in Australia

Helen Cekalovic, Kate Domett, and Judith Littleton

63 History of Paleopathology in the Pacific

Michael Pietrusewsky and Michele Toomay Douglas

Part IV Topics

65 Mummies and Bog Bodies

Niels Lynnerup

Part V Organizations, Key Congresses, and Education in Paleopathology

69 Special Courses in Human Skeletal Paleopathology

Donald J. Ortner, Christopher Knüsel, and Charlotte A. Roberts

70 The World Congresses on Mummy Studies

Niels Lynnerup, Art Aufderheide, Conrado Rodríguez-Martín, Felipe Cárdenas-Arroyo, Bernardo Arriaza, Emma Rabino-Massa, Pablo Atoche Peña and Alana Cordy-Collins

Part VI Future Developments

71 Using Ancient DNA Techniques to Study Human Disease

Alicia K. Wilbur and Anne C. Stone

72 Isotope Analysis and Paleopathology

Mike Richards and Janet Montgomery

73 Imaging

Frank J. Rühli

76 Conclusions

Charlotte A. Roberts and Jane E. Buikstra