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The backbone of history; health and nutrition in the western hemisphere. (reprint, 2002).


The backbone of history; health and nutrition in the western hemisphere. (reprint, 2002)

Ed. by Richard H. Steckel and Jerome C. Rose.

Cambridge U. Pr.


633 pages




This work primarily presents the results of research of physical anthropologists on long-term health trends in the Americas using evidence of chronic disease or biological stress measurable from skeletal remains in terms that will demonstrate their usefulness to other social scientists, historians in particular. The research primarily concerns evidence regarding Native Americans across the Western Hemisphere, but about 20 percent of the research material concerns Euro- and African-Americans in North America. In addition to these 18 essays, Steckel (economics, anthropology, and history; Ohio State U.) and Rose (anthropology, U. of Arkansas) also provide articles explaining methodologies and their wider applications. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 2002.

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