Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128097380

Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains

3rd Edition

Editors: Jane Buikstra
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128097380
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 700
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Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains provides an integrated and comprehensive treatment of pathological conditions that affect the human skeleton. There is much that ancient skeletal remains can reveal to the modern orthopaedist, pathologist, forensic anthropologist, and radiologist about the skeletal manifestations of diseases that are rarely encountered in modern medical practice. Beautifully illustrated with over 1,100 photographs and drawings, this book provides essential text and materials on bone pathology, which will improve the diagnostic ability of those interested in human dry bone pathology. It also provides time depth to our understanding of the effect of disease on past human populations.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive review of skeletal diseases encountered in archeological human remains
  • More than 1100 photographs and line drawings illustrating skeletal disease including both microscopic and gross features
  • Based on extensive research on skeletal paleopathology in many countries for over 35 years
  • Review of important theoretical issues in interpreting evidence of skeletal disease in archeological human populations


Bioanthropologists, paleopathologists, physical anthropologists, and any professional or researcher working in anthropology and archeology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. History of Paleopathology
3. Theorectical Issues & Themes in Paleopathology
4. Normal Bone Structure and Development
5. Abnormal Bone Structure, Development, and Post-Depositoinal Changes
6. Bone Microstructure and Pathology
7. Imaging of Skeletal and Mummy Pathology
8. Ancient DNA
9. Trauma
10. Infectious Disease-Introduction, Biology, Osteomyelitis and Brucellosis
11. Infectious Diseases-Tuberculosis and Leprosy
12. Infectious Diseases-Treponematosis and Other Bacterial Infectious Diseases
13. Infectious Diseases-Fungal and Viral
14. Ecto and Endo Parasitic Diseases
15.Circulatory, Reticuloendothelial, and Hemopoietic Disorders
16. Metabolic Disorders
17. Endocrine Disturbances
18. Congenital and Neuromechanical Abnormalities of the Skeleton
19. Skeletal Dysplasias
20. Tumors
21. Non-specific Indicators of Pathology
22. Joint Disease
23. Dental Disease, Diet and Bone Chemistry
24. The Challenges and Opportunities of 21st Century Mummy Science
25. Animal Paleopathology


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About the Editor

Jane Buikstra

Jane Buikstra heads the Center for Bioarchaeology at Arizona State University and is a member of the National Academy of Science. Her work in the Lower Illinois River Valley fostered the development of Bioarchaeology and she continues to be the leading scholar in this field.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Bioarchaeological Research, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA


"This book provides a detailed and integrated description of the paleopathology of the human skeleton...I strongly recommend this book also for basic scientists and clinicians interested in bone diseases since the study of skeletal paleopathology undoubtedly will broaden our understanding of bone biology." ---Peter Peitschmann, Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

"This is a comprehensive book that is rare in its field. Highly recommended." --E-Streams, November 2003

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