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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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A History of Paleopathology in the American Southeast

A History of Paleopathology in the American Southeast

From Pox to Population

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(p.266) 36 A History of Paleopathology in the American Southeast
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The Global History of Paleopathology
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Clark Spencer Larsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.003.0036

This chapter discusses the history of paleopathology in the American Southeast. This history is characterized by three developmental periods: the description of and speculation on pathology, especially treponemal infection (presumed to be venereal syphilis), ca. 1870–1930; the large-scale excavation and study of remains recovered by federally funded work relief projects in the 1930s and 1940s; and the revival of study of ancient disease and the shift from description to problem- oriented research motivated by questions and hypotheses about health in past populations in the 1970s.

Keywords:   American paleopathology, history, treponemal infection, excavation, work relief projects, ancient disease

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