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- n. The study of ancient diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of pathologic or abnormal conditions among extinct or fossil organisms.
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- n. the study of disease of former times (as inferred from fossil evidence)
The vast accumulation of documentary materials and, since the late nineteenth century, new evidence from the evolving field of paleopathology has had the effect of extending, rather than settling, the debate.
Aufderheide is a pathologist by training but his specialty is paleopathology, a study of ancient specimens.
From my reading on the subject and from my attendance of a number of paleopathology conferences, there is little doubt that ancient Egyptians suffered from heart disease and obesity.
A note for all of you who have spent any time worrying over your cholesterol: According to my book on paleopathology, there were remains discovered in Peiting of a woman in a peat bog so well preserved they were able to section her heart and dissect it.
There was a depiction of some sort of magical book, which she thought might represent the Arthashastra, but paleopathology, not iconography, was her specialty.
Jane Buikstra was kind enough to introduce me to Dr. Mary Lucas Powell, who opened the doors of paleopathology to me and gave me a fascinating education.
Went on to attend the University of Durham, where she secured a graduate degree in molecular biology, followed by a PhD in paleopathology.
“Yes, I was using my background in paleopathology, the study of disease in antiquity, to help him ascertain what it was he was working with.”
Gino Fornaciari, professor of the history of medicine and paleopathology and director of the Pathology Museum, University of Pisa, and Donatella Lippi, associate professor of the history of medicine, University of Florence, examine a casket holding Medici remains with Bob Brier.
She specializes in household archaeology, human paleopathology, and bioarchaeology.
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