Palaeoepidemiology: The Measure of Disease in the Human Past (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications)

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9781598742527: Palaeoepidemiology: The Measure of Disease in the Human Past (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications)

How do we identify and measure human disease in the past? In the absence of soft tissue, paleoepidemiologists have developed ingenious ways of assessing illness and mortality in archaeological populations. In this volume, the key methods of epidemiology are outlined for non-specialists, showing the importance of studying prevalence over incidence, adjustments needed in studying past groups, how to compare studies, and the dangers of assessing occupation based upon bone evidence. A model for planning a proper paleoepidemiological study concludes the volume. Both as an introduction to epidemiology for archaeologists, and as a primer on archaeological analysis for epidemiologists, this book should serve the needs of both populations.

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A concise, readable introduction to epidemiology for archaeologists and primer on archaeological analysis for epidemiologists, the volume shows how to assess illness and mortality in archaeological populations.

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Tony Waldron teaches at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He previously taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Waldron is author of Counting the Dead: The Epidemiology of Skeletal Populations and over 100 papers on epidemiological subjects.

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