Paleopathology Association 

Welcome to the Paleopathology Association

The Paleopathology Association was formed in 1973 by U.S. and Canadian scientists. Meeting in Detroit for a symposium sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Wayne State University Medical School, the participants performed a controlled, multidisciplinary autopsy on an Egyptian mummy (PUM-II). Believing that human skeletal and mummified remains can yield tremendous information about the past, an informal association was formed.

Today, the Paleopathology Association is composed of researchers, scientists, and students from many fields, including physical anthropology, medicine, archaeology, and egyptology from around the world. Membership is open to all who are interested. Members are dedicated to sharing information, ideas and resources. Our annual meeting in North America, and biennial meeting in Europe, focus on the dissemination of information, discussions on issues germane to the field, skill building, and collegiality. The Paleopathology Newsletter, a quarterly publication, helps keep members up to date and in close touch with one another, and our newly launched scientific journal, the International Journal of Paleopathology, will deliver its inaugural issue in Spring, 2011.

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