Palaeopathologyby Tony Waldron
Pub. Date: 10/20/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Paleopathology is designed to help bone specialists with diagnosis of diseases in skeletal assemblages. It suggests an innovative method of arriving at a diagnosis in the skeleton by applying what are referred to as "operational definitions." The aim is to ensure that all those who study bones will use the same criteria for diagnosing disease, which will enable valid comparisons to be made between studies. This book is based on modern clinical knowledge and provides background information so that those who read will understand the natural history of bone diseases, and this will enable them to draw reliable conclusions from their observations. Details of bone metabolism and the fundamentals of basic pathology are also provided, as well as a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography. A short chapter on epidemiology provides information on how best to analyze and present the results of a study of human remains.
Table of Contents1. Introduction, and diagnosis; 2. Bone metabolism and pathology; 3. Diseases of joints: osteoarthritis; 4. Other joint diseases; 5. Bone forming and DISH; 6. Infectious diseases; 7. Metabolic diseases; 8. Trauma; 9. Tumours; 10. Disorders of growth and development; 11. Soft tissue diseases; 12. Dental disease; 13. An introduction to epidemiology.
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