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Palaeopathology and Evolutionary Medicine

An Integrated Approach

edited by Kimberly A. Plomp, Charlotte A. Roberts, Sarah Elton & Gilian R. Bentley

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
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Evolutionary medicine has been steadily gaining recognition, not only in modern clinical research and practice, but also in bioarchaeology (the study of archaeological human remains) and especially its sub-discipline, palaeopathology. To date, however, palaeopathology has not been necessarily recognised as particularly useful to the field and most key texts in evolutionary medicine have tended to overlook it.

This novel text is the first to highlight the benefits of using palaeopathological research to answer questions about the evolution of disease and its application to current health problems, as well as the benefits of using evolutionary thinking in medicine to help interpret historical disease processes. It presents hypothesis-driven research by experts in biological anthropology (including palaeopathology), medicine, health sciences, and evolutionary medicine through a series of unique case studies that address specific research questions. Each chapter has been co-authored by two or more researchers with different disciplinary perspectives in order to provide original, insightful, and interdisciplinary contributions that will provide new insights for both palaeopathology and evolutionary medicine.

Palaeopathology and Evolutionary Medicine is intended for graduate level students and professional researchers in a wide range of fields including the humanities (history), social sciences (anthropology, archaeology, palaeopathology, geography), and life sciences (medicine and biology). Relevant courses include evolutionary medicine, evolutionary anthropology, medical anthropology, and palaeopathology.

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SARAH ELTON is the author of Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens—How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat, an instant national bestseller that won gold at the Canadian Culinary Book Awards. The food columnist for CBC Radio’s Here and Now, Elton has written for The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and She lives in Toronto.


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