The Backbone of History : Health and Nutrition in the Western Hemisphere
Richard H. Steckel (Editor), Jerome C. Rose (Editor)

l Hardcover: 654 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 9.59 x 6.50
l Publisher: Cambridge University Press; (August 26, 2002)
l ISBN: 0521801672

Book Description:

This study gathers skeletal evidence on seven basic indicators of health to assess chronic conditions that affected individuals who lived in the Western Hemisphere from 5000 B.C. to the late nineteenth century. Signs of biological stress in childhood and of degeneration in joints and in teeth increased in the several millenia before the arrival of Columbus as populations moved into less healthy ecological environments.


Table of Contents
Sample Chapter 3: A Health Index from Skeletal Remains
Suggested Citation for Western Hemisphere Project
Project Research Agenda Evolution
Data Encoding Scheme
Ecological Variables
SAS Column Heading
Map of Sites
Ecological Variable: 65 Sites
Ecological Variable: 218 Sites
Western Hemisphere Data Files:Excel Format Text Format


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