Paleopathology of Children

Paleopathology of Children

Identification of Pathological Conditions in the Human Skeletal Remains of Non-Adults

1st Edition - July 26, 2017

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  • Author: Mary Lewis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104396
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124104020

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Palaeopathology of Children: Identification of Pathological Conditions in the Human Skeletal Remains of Non-Adults provides archaeological examples of pathological child remains with varying degrees of disease manifestation, and where possible, presents illustrations of individually affected bones to help with identification. The structure and inclusion of photographs and summary diagnostic tables make this suitable for use as a textbook. Each chapter includes a table of international archaeological cases collated by the author from published and unpublished literature. Child skeletal remains come in a variety of different sizes, with bones appearing and fusing at different times during growth. Identifying pathology in such unfamiliar bones can be a challenge, and we often rely on photographs of clinical radiographs or intact anatomical specimens to try and interpret the lesions we see in archaeological material. These are usually the most extreme examples of the disease, and do not account for the wide degree of variation we may see in skeletal remains.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of the types of pathological conditions identified in non-adult skeletal remains
  • Contains chapters that tackle a particular disease classification
  • Features for each condition are described and illustrated to aid in the identification


Academics, researchers and students of forensic anthropology and osteoarchaeology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Biology and Significance of Child Skeletal Remains
    2. Congenital Conditions I: Anomalies
    3. Congenital Conditions Ii: Skeletal Dysplasia and Other Syndromes
    4. Dental Disease, Defects and Variation in Dental Morphology
    5. Trauma And Treatment
    6. Infectious Diseases I: Infections of Non-Specific Origin
    7. Infectious Diseases Ii: Infections of Specific Origin
    8. Hemopoietic and Metabolic Disorders
    9. Neoplastic Disease and Other Tumours
    10. Juvenile Arthropathies, Circulatory and Endocrine Diseases
    11. Miscellaneous Conditions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: July 26, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104396
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124104020

About the Author

Mary Lewis

Dr. Mary Lewis (BA Leicester; MSc, PhD Bradford) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. Mary specializes in non-adult skeletal pathology and is the author of The Bioarchaeology of Children (CUP, 2007). Mary has been researching and publishing on issues relating to child paleopathology for nearly 20 years. She is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and International Journal of Paleopathology, and sits of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Archaeology Department, University of Reading, Reading, UK

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