palaeopathology

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palaeopathology

(ˌpælɪəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ)
n
1. (Palaeontology) the study of diseases of ancient man and fossil animals
2. (Medicine) the study of diseases of ancient man and fossil animals
ˈpalaeoˌpathoˈlogical adj
ˌpalaeopaˈthologist n

paleopathology, palaeopathology

Medicine. the study of diseases from former times as found in fossils and mummified remains.
See also: Past
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palaeopathology - the study of disease of former times (as inferred from fossil evidence)
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
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Marvin was one of the great paleopathologists and a pioneer of bioarchaeology though poorly recognized within academic circles in the developed world.
Written for those examining skeletal remains or dealing with bone disease, such as beginning skeletal paleopathologists, physical and other anthropologists, police, crime scene technicians, medical examiners, radiologists, anatomists, other medical specialists, and students, this photographic atlas contains b&w photos and color plates of common pathological conditions encountered in dry-bone specimens.
This book will be an important resource particularly for medical historians and paleopathologists but will be of interest to the medical profession.
After examining research of more than 3,000 mummies, anatomists and paleopathologists at the University of Zurich concluded that 18 percent of all mummies in case reports showed a nightmare array of dental diseases.