by Tony Waldron (Author)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: January 14, 2021
Hardcover: 378 pages
Palaeopathology (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology) 2nd Edition is a book written by Tony Waldron and Sue Anderson. It is a comprehensive guide to the study of ancient diseases and injuries found in archaeological remains, known as paleopathology.
The book covers the principles and methods of palaeopathology, including the various techniques used to analyze skeletal remains and the interpretation of the data obtained from these analyses.
It also discusses the different types of diseases and injuries that can be identified from skeletal remains, such as infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, trauma, and congenital anomalies.
Tony Waldron describes an innovative method for arriving at a diagnosis in the skeleton using what he refers “operational definitions.”
The method ensures that those studying bones use the same criteria for disease diagnosis, enabling valid comparisons between studies.
Waldron’s book is based on current clinical knowledge and provides context for the natural history of bone disease. In addition, the volume demonstrates how results from studies should be analysed, methods of determining the frequency of disease, and other types of epidemiological analysis.
The second edition of this book includes new research and updated information on emerging techniques and technologies, such as DNA analysis and CT scanning. It also covers recent developments in the field of palaeopathology, such as the use of isotopes to identify diet and migration patterns, and the study of ancient microbiomes.
Overall, Palaeopathology (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology) 2nd Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the study of ancient diseases and injuries and their impact on past populations.
This edition includes new chapters on the development of palaeopathology, basic concepts, health and disease, diagnosis, and spinal pathology. Chapters on analysis and interpretation have been thoroughly revised and enlarged.
Tony Waldron is Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. An epidemiologist and consulting physician at three London teaching hospitals, he is the author of several hundred papers and books.