The Archaeology of Disease

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"This book is recommended as a good reference source which will provide both historical background and cultural data on disease. It will be most valuable to the person who seeks information about diseases past, their virulence, and their effect upon a population. As new techniques come into being, they can be adapted to the investigation of old bones and bodies."—Journal of the American Medical Association

"Well structured, clearly written, and extremely accurate from both a historical and scientific point of view."—The Lancet

"A concise, informative, and very readable introduction to the field of paleopathology."—Journal of the History of Medicine

The Archaeology of Disease shows how the latest scientific and archaeological techniques can be used to identify the common illnesses and injuries from which humans suffered in the past. Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester study evidence gleaned from written records and works of art as well as from ancient human remains. They combine a clinical interpretation of prevalent diseases with a graphic description of their social, economic, and cultural consequences. This fully revised third edition includes 90 black-and-white illustrations and has been updated to encompass the rapidly developing research methods of a fascinating field.

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Charlotte Roberts is Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the University of Durham. Keith Manchester is an Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford and a former general medical practitioner.

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"As close to perfection as a book can come. . . . The Archaeology of Disease is highly recommended to all who are interested in the history of diseases and their scientific investigation. The clear, precise, and elaborate description and interpretation of paleopathological observations the world over, from many different time periods, provide excellent insight into life and death hundreds to thousands of years ago."?Andreas G. Nerlich, JAMA, September 20, 2006

"Well structured, clearly written, and extremely accurate from both a historical and scientific point of view."?The Lancet (reviewing a previous edition)

"A concise, informative, and very readable introduction to the field of paleopathology."?Journal of the History of Medicine (reviewing a previous edition)

"Details how skeletal discoveries at archaeological sites reveal much about illnesses in earlier eras and how they were treated. Dead men do tell tales."?Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express.com, 25 January 2006

"This is a fabulous book. It is stocked full of useful data, is well organized, and devoid of most of the pseudoscience that plagues this area of study. It covers the entire field in a practical, no-nonsense style. If you are interested in ancient disease, then this is the "bible," the finest text to date."?Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists

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