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Bioarchaeology and Social Theory

The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States

Editors: Nystrom, Kenneth C. (Ed.)

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  • Discusses research that examines the skeletal evidence of dissection and autopsy and how it can be used to inform on a number of themes including the construction of social identity during the 17th – early 20th centuries in the United States
  • Provides a diachronic perspective on the development of postmortem procedures and the connection to European practices 
  • Includes a discussion of 20th century medical education, anatomy laws, and the role of the body in these
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About this book

Encountering evidence of postmortem examinations - dissection or autopsy in historic skeletal collections is relatively rare, but recently there has been an increase in the number of reported instances. And much of what has been evaluated has been largely descriptive and historical. The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy brings together in a single volume the skeletal evidence of postmortem examination in the United States. Ranging from the early colonial period to the early 1900’s, from a coffeehouse at Colonial Williamsburg to a Quaker burial vault in lower Manhattan, the contributions to this volume demonstrate the interpretive significance of a historically and theoretically contextualized bioarchaeology. The authors employ a wide range of perspectives, demonstrating how bioarchaeological evidence can be used to address a wide range of themes including social identity and marginalization, racialization, the nature of the body and fragmentation, and the emergence of medical practice and authority in the United States.​

About the authors

Kenneth Nystrom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA.  He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1997), and his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of New Mexico. He would characterize himself as a broadly trained bioarchaeologist. His early research focused on the Chachapoya of northern Perú where he investigated a range of topics including the reconstruction of mortuary behavior based on paleoentomology, trepanation and trauma, and the impact of Inca conquest on site-specific and regional-level genetic homogeneity using craniometrics. He has also conducted research on long bone cross-sectional geometry in Early Classic elites from Copan, Honduras and post-marital residence patterns among the Chiribaya of southern Perú utilizing craniometrics. His current focus is on African American and almshouse cemeteries from the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. He grounds his research in the understanding that the biological and social world in which we live is incorporated into and onto our bodies. From this perspective he has examined dental health, trauma, and sex-specific post-manumission migration using strontium isotopes in a historic African American cemetery from New York. Additionally, he considered how the postmortem examination of a young woman from this cemetery can inform on our understanding of how social identity of African Americans was constructed during the 19th century. He is currently analyzing evidence of dissection and surgical experimentation from the Erie County Poorhouse from this same perspective.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Nystrom, Kenneth C.

  • Renaissance Anatomy in the Americas: A Bioarchaeological Perspective on the Earliest Skeletal Evidence of Autopsy in the New World

    Pages 25-40

    Crist, Thomas A. (et al.)

  • Evidence for Early Seventeenth-Century Surgery and Dissection at James Fort, Virginia

    Pages 41-60

    Bruwelheide, Karin S. (et al.)

  • A Dissection at the Coffeehouse? The Performance of Anatomical Expertise in Colonial America

    Pages 61-76

    Chapman, Ellen (et al.)

  • Partible Persons or Persons Apart: Postmortem Interventions at the Spring Street Presbyterian Church, Manhattan

    Pages 87-111

    Novak, Shannon A.

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 145,59 €
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Softcover 145,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80023-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States
Editors
  • Kenneth C. Nystrom
Series Title
Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26836-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26836-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-26834-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80023-3
Series ISSN
2567-6776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 346
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations, 66 illustrations in colour
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