Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-37-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-37-2016
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19 Dec 2016
Review article |  | 19 Dec 2016

Odyssey in the evolution of a paleopathologist

Bruce M. Rothschild

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Paleopathology is best approached collaboratively with specialists in many fields, after resolving linguistic misadventures. Proof of concept studies provide windows to recognition of disease and resolution of previous anatomical challenges. Trans-phylogenetic representation of disease falsified speculation that "evolution" precludes analysis through time. Once speculations were tested and verified or falsified, the paleo-epidemiologic approach allowed identification of patterns of spread.