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The Global History of PaleopathologyPioneers and Prospects$
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Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001

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Walter G. J. Putschar, MD, Pathologist, Paleopathologist, Teacher

Walter G. J. Putschar, MD, Pathologist, Paleopathologist, Teacher

(p.97) 12 Walter G. J. Putschar, MD, Pathologist, Paleopathologist, Teacher
The Global History of Paleopathology

Donald J. Ortner

Bruce D. Ragsdale

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This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Walter G. J. Putschar. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Putschar made a major contribution to the scientific discipline of human skeletal paleopathology through his outstanding ability and experience as a pathologist, in his publications, and as a teacher. His studies emphasized the pathology of bone, the development of the spine and pelvis, and congenital malformations in general. His initial research had an emphasis on developmental disorders such as scoliosis.

Keywords:   human skeletal paleopathology, bones, spine, pelvis, scoliosis, history, biography

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