Ortner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains

Ortner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains

3rd Edition - January 29, 2019

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  • Editor: Jane Buikstra
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128099018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128097380

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Ortner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains, Third Edition, provides an integrated and comprehensive treatment of the pathological conditions that affect the human skeleton. As ancient skeletal remains can reveal a treasure trove of information to the modern orthopedist, pathologist, forensic anthropologist, and radiologist, this book presents a timely resource. Beautifully illustrated with over 1,100 photographs and drawings, it provides an essential text and material on bone pathology, thus helping improve the diagnostic ability of those interested in human dry bone pathology.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive review of the skeletal diseases encountered in archaeological human remains
  • Includes more than 1100 photographs and line drawings illustrating skeletal diseases, including both microscopic and gross features
  • Based on extensive research on skeletal paleopathology in many countries
  • Reviews important theoretical issues on how to interpret evidence of skeletal disease in archaeological 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 858
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: January 29, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128099018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128097380

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

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  • Katarzyna S. Sun Oct 17 2021

    Helpful source

    I need up-to-date source of information on bone pathologocal conditions. And the books provides it.