Bone Loss and Osteoporosis

An Anthropological Perspective

  • Sabrina C. Agarwal
  • Sam D. Stout

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Current Concepts of Bone Loss and Osteoporosis

  3. Population Approaches

  4. Evolutionary Perspectives

  5. Bone Loss and Osteoporosis in Past Populations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-240

About this book


With the growing incidence of fragility fractures in Europe and North America over the last three decades, bone loss and osteoporosis have become active areas of research in skeletal biology. Bone loss is associated with aging in both sexes and is accelerated in women with the onset of menopause. However, bone loss is related to a suite of complex and often synergistically related factors including genetics, pathology, nutrition, mechani­ cal usage, and lifestyle. It is not surprising that its incidence and severity vary among populations. There has been increasing interest to investigate bone loss and osteoporosis from an anthropological perspective that utilizes a biocultural approach. Biocultural approaches recognize the inter-relationship between biological, cultural, and environmental variables. Anthropological studies also highlight the value of evolutionary and population approaches to the study of bone loss. These approaches are particularly suited to elucidate the multifactorial etiology of bone loss. The idea for this volume came out of a symposium organized by the editors at the 70th annual meeting of The American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Kansas City, Missouri. Many of the symposium participants, along with several additional leading scientists involved in bone and osteoporosis research, are brought together in this volume. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of bone loss and fragility with a fresh and stimulating perspective.


Tumor archaeological bone bioarchaeology biology biomechanics diagnosis evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabrina C. Agarwal
    • 1
  • Sam D. Stout
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyThe Ohio State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4708-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8891-1
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