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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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Neglected Ancestors

Neglected Ancestors

Robert Wilson Shufeldt, MD (1850–1934)

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The Global History of Paleopathology

Della Collins Cook

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Robert Wilson Shufeldt. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Shufeldt was the man who coined the word palaeopathology. Several recent reviews of literature in the field cite his 1892 contribution to Popular Science Monthly as the first use of the term, and certainly he must be given credit. However, there is reason to cite him with circumspection. Physician, ornithologist, and artist, Shufeldt also had an unsavory reputation.

Keywords:   paleopathology, Popular Science monthly, reputation

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