The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States

The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States

by Kenneth C. Nystrom (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319800233
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kenneth Nystrom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1997), and his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of New Mexico. He would characterize himself as a broadly trained bioarchaeologist. His early research focused on the Chachapoya of northern Perú where he investigated a range of topics including the reconstruction of mortuary behavior based on paleoentomology, trepanation and trauma, and the impact of Inca conquest on site-specific and regional-level genetic homogeneity using craniometrics. He has also conducted research on long bone cross-sectional geometry in Early Classic elites from Copan, Honduras and post-marital residence patterns among the Chiribaya of southern Perú utilizing craniometrics. His current focus is on African American and almshouse cemeteries from the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. He grounds his research in the understanding that the biological and social world in which we live is incorporated into and onto our bodies. From this perspective he has examined dental health, trauma, and sex-specific post-manumission migration using strontium isotopes in a historic African American cemetery from New York. Additionally, he considered how the postmortem examination of a young woman from this cemetery can inform on our understanding of how social identity of African Americans was constructed during the 19th century. He is currently analyzing evidence of dissection and surgical experimentation from the Erie County Poorhouse from this same perspective.

Table of Contents

Foreword I: Debra L. Martin.- Foreword II: Michael Sappol.- Chapter 1: Introduction Kenneth C. Nystrom.- Section I: Evidence from Early Colonial America.- Chapter 2: Renaissance Anatomy in the Americas: A Bioarchaeological Perspective on the Earliest Skeletal Evidence of Autopsy in the New World Thomas Crist and Marcella Sorg.- Chapter 3: Skeletal and Artifact Evidence for Surgery and Autopsy at James Fort Karin S. Bruwelheide, Douglas W. Owsley, Jamie E. May, and Beverly A. Straube.- Chapter 4: A Dissection at the Coffeehouse? The Performance of Anatomical Expertise in Colonial America Ellen Chapman and Mark Kostro.- Section II: Evidence from Public Cemeteries.- Chapter 5: Partible Persons or Persons Apart: Anatomized Remains from the Spring Street Presbyterian Church Burial Vaults Shannon Novak.- Section III: Evidence from Medical Institutions.- Chapter 6: Teachings of the Dead: The Archaeology of Anatomized Remains from Holden Chapel, Harvard University Christina J. Hodge, Jane Lyden Rousseau, and Michèle E. Morgan.- Chapter 7: Commingled Skeletal Remains from a Well on the Medical College of Virginia Campus Doug Owsley, Karin Bruwelheide, Merry Outlaw, Richard L. Jantz, and Jodi L. Koste.- Chapter 8: Structural Violence in New Orleans: Skeletal Evidence from Charity Hospital’s Cemeteries, 1847-1929 Christine Halling and Ryan Seidemann.- Chapter 9: Dissection and Documented Skeletal Collections Jennifer Muller, Kristen Pearlstein, and Carlina de la Cova.- Section IV: Evidence from Almshouse Cemeteries.- Chapter 10: Autopsy, Dissection, and Anatomical Exploration: The Post-Mortem Fate of the Underclass and Institutionalized in Old Milwaukee Sean Dougherty and Normal Sullivan.- Chapter 11: "You couldn’t identify your grandmother if she were in that party": The Bioarchaeology of Postmortem Investigation at the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Patricia B. Richards, Catherine R. Jones, Emily Mueller Epstein, and Thomas J. Zych.- Chapter 12: “The mangled remains of what had been humanity”: Evidence of Autopsy and Dissection at Philadelphia’s Blockley Almshouse, 1835-1895 Thomas Crist, Douglas Mooney, and Kimberly Morrell.- Chapter 13: Structural Inequality of the Socially Marginalized and Postmortem Examination at the Erie County Poorhouse Kenneth C. Nystrom, Joyce Sirianni, Rosanne Higgins, Jennifer Raines, and Douglas Perrelli.- Chapter 14: Exploring Evidence of 19th Century Dissection in the Dunning Poorhouse Cemetery Anne Grauer, Vanessa Lathrop, and Taylor Timoteo.- Chapter 15: A Historical and Osteological Analysis of Postmortem Medical Practices from the Albany County Almshouse Cemetery Skeletal Sample in Albany, New York. Kimberly Lowe Lusignan.- Chapter 16: The anthropology of dissection and autopsy Kenneth C. Nystrom.

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