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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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Sir Marc Armand Ruffer (1859–1917)

Sir Marc Armand Ruffer (1859–1917)

Pioneer of Paleopathology

(p.106) 13 Sir Marc Armand Ruffer (1859–1917)
The Global History of Paleopathology

Andrew T. Sandison

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Sir Marc Armand Ruffer. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Marc was clearly fascinated by the wealth of human remains being discovered in Egypt during his lifetime and published a remarkable series of papers commencing in 1909. These appeared fairly regularly until his death, and thereafter Lady Ruffer issued five more posthumous articles up to the year 1920. All of these articles were gathered together and published in a book entitled Studies in the Palaeopathology of Egypt (1921). Probably no other book has had a comparable effect on paleopathology, and these papers have been widely studied and repeatedly quoted by all workers in this discipline.

Keywords:   human remains, Egypt, paleopathology, history, biography

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