A brief history and 21st century challenges

Jane E. Buikstra, Sharon DeWitte

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This chapter includes a brief history of paleopathology, along with a discussion of 21st century’s theoretical and methodological challenges facing the field. Among the latter are the structure of differential diagnosis, paleoepidemiology, and the osteological paradox.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrtner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128097380
ISBN (Print)9780128099018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Differential diagnosis
  • History of paleopathology
  • Osteological paradox
  • Paleoepidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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