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Paleopathology is defined as the study of the evidence of disease in ancient human and animal remains. Evidence of disease is based on historic records and the examination of skeletal material and mummies. The history of the field, and principles of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are reviewed.

Michael R. Zimmerman, MD, PhD is an anthropologist and retired pathologist. His research is in mummy paleopathology. He is Adjunct Professor of Biology at Villanova University, Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor in the UK at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. His most recent publication is Cancer: A New Disease, an Old Disease, or Something in Between? 2010. R.A. David and M.R. Zimmerman. Nature Reviews Cancer, 10:728-733.

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Paleopathology is defined as the study of the evidence of disease in ancient human and animal remains. Evidence of disease is based on historic records and the examination of skeletal material and mummies. The history of the field, and principles of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are reviewed.

Michael R. Zimmerman, MD, PhD is an anthropologist and retired pathologist. His research is in mummy paleopathology. He is Adjunct Professor of Biology at Villanova University, Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor in the UK at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. His most recent publication is Cancer: A New Disease, an Old Disease, or Something in Between? 2010. R.A. David and M.R. Zimmerman. Nature Reviews Cancer, 10:728-733.

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    Lecture 1: Introduction to Paleopathology and the Study of Ancient Remains Part 1

    Lecture 1: Introduction to Paleopathology and the Study of Ancient Remains Part 1

    Paleopathology is defined as the study of the evidence of disease in ancient human and animal remains. Evidence of disease is based on historic records and the examination of skeletal material and mummies.

    • 49 min
    • video
    Lecture 2: Introduction to Paleopathology and the Study of Ancient Remains Part 2

    Lecture 2: Introduction to Paleopathology and the Study of Ancient Remains Part 2

    Reactions to stress and injury at the cellular level are followed by an inflammatory response, resulting in a number of disease states....

    • 31 min
    • video
    Lecture 3: Skeletal Pathology

    Lecture 3: Skeletal Pathology

    The anatomy, physiology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system is presented, following the classification of disease in Lecture 2, with examples from paleopathology.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    • video
    Lecture 4: Classifications of Diseases

    Lecture 4: Classifications of Diseases

    Reactions to stress and injury at the cellular level are followed by an inflammatory response, resulting in a number of disease states.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    • video
    Lecture 5: Tuberculosis & leprosy

    Lecture 5: Tuberculosis & leprosy

    The forms of tuberculosis are presented and cases have been found in Homo erectus, ancient Egypt, and M. tb. hominis and bovis. The history of the disease is presented.

    • 59 min
    • video
    Lecture 6: Syphilis

    Lecture 6: Syphilis

    The manifestations of syphilis are presented, with a discussion of theories of origin of the disease and the history of treatment.

    • 28 min

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