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Artros – för alltid en folksjukdom?: En kartläggning av artros inom det medeltida gravfältet vid S:t Hans och S:t Pers kyrkoruiner i Visby
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Osteoarthritis – forever a Public Disease? : A Survey of Osteoarthritis Within the Medieval Population at S:t Hans and S:t Per in Visby. (English)
Abstract [en]

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common general diseases in modern society Sweden. It is also one of the most common diseases traced within archaeological human remains. The aetiology of osteoarthritis has been widely debated within the field of medicine and paleopathology. The initial claim that the degenerative disease is caused by activity and ageing has been questioned and factors such as environment, diet and genetic markers has been brought up and to some extent studied. Even though osteoarthritis being one of the most common diseases recognized among archaeological human remains, it has during recent years often been neglected within the field and referred to mostly in different palaeopathological atlases. By studying human remains from the medieval churchyard of St: Hans in Visby, Gotland, the notion of osteoarthritis as a general disease in the past is discussed in the following study. The concept of a medieval “general public” is examined by looking at social strata through grave placement on the studied graveyard.

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2019. , p. 75
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Osteoarthritis, general disease, archaeology, Middle Ages, Visby, Gotland.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385810OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385810DiVA, id: diva2:1325909
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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