Health conditions before Columbus: paleopathology of native North Americans.

  title={Health conditions before Columbus: paleopathology of native North Americans.},
  author={Debra L. Martin and Alan H. Goodman},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  volume={176 1},
Information about the health status of the earliest inhabitants of North America provides a chronology of health problems that spans more than a thousand years. Studies of disease in ancient times add an important dimension to our understanding of the life struggles of a largely unknown past. In this article, we provide a brief overview of health conditions and quality of life in North America before contact and colonization. Data on health in ancient societies are inferred from the analysis of… CONTINUE READING

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