For a growing group of physicians, the history of disease is too critical a matter to be left to historians.
To fill the centuries-gap in their knowledge, "paleo-pathologists" have brought radiologic, histologic, and other techniques of clinical science into partnership with archeology.
More than four years ago, illness forced Donald R. Hagge, MD, a Detroit-area surgeon, to take up a hobby. It has become something closer to a career.
After taking a course in archeology, Dr. Hagge caught the appeal of paleo-pathology. His exhibit on "Disease in Pre-Columbian Man," has been seen at several recent meetings.
The clinician offers photographs and x-rays of bones taken from "digs" around the country. He invites exhibit viewers to challenge the diagnosis he and co-workers have made as to the pathology of the samples.Most of the trauma, infections, tumors, congenital anomalies, and other disorders now recognized existed in North America's inhabitants