History and current status of osteoarthritis in the population

@article{Buchanan2003HistoryAC,
  title={History and current status of osteoarthritis in the population},
  author={Walter W. Buchanan and Walter F. Kean and Robert Kean},
  journal={InflammoPharmacology},
  year={2003},
  volume={11},
  pages={301-316}
}
It has been frequently said that osteoarthritis is the planet’s oldest known disease, with evidence present in skeletons of dinosaurs some 50 to 70 million years old (Wells, 1973). However, the spine of a 200 million year old Dimetrodon Permian reptile recovered in Texas shows evidence of a compound fracture of a spine which had become infected with pus formation (Majno, 1975). Osteoarthritis is a common Ž nding in Egyptian mummies (Braunstein et al., 1988) and in ancient skeletons in England… CONTINUE READING

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