Palaeopathology: remarks about skeletons discovered in Poitiers (Vienne, France)

Odile BOEUF & Pierre ALBERTI

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 2 (2) - Pages 169-180

Published on 31 March 2003

Age, sex and stature of human fossils from a population decimated during an epidemic period are estimated. The prevalence of abnormalities and pathologies is compared with those of today’s population. Osteoarthritis is the most frequent pathology and this at different stage development. Osteoporosis and vertebrae compression are studied. The cases of important scoliosis are numerous. An abnormal vertebra is presented. A strange lesion on the ilium of the left coxa is discussed. Some hypotheses are formulated concerning the mode and the hygiene of life of this population.


paléopathologie humaine, arthrose, scoliose, ostéite, sub-Actuel

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