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Arthritis In Roman Britain
A. K. Thould and B. T. Thould
British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition)
Vol. 287, No. 6409 (Dec. 24 - 31, 1983), pp. 1909-1911
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29513493
Page Count: 3
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The pattern of arthritis in Roman Britain was investigated by examining the skeletons of 416 adults from the Roman cemetery at Poundbury Camp near Dorchester, Dorset. The mean height of the people was not much less than that of the current British population, and the prevalence of right handedness was similar to our own. There was a high prevalence of osteoarthritis for such a relatively young community, with particularly severe changes in the vertebral column. The pattern of joints affected by osteoarthritis was different from that seen now, but the prevalence of vertebral ankylosing hyperostosis was much the same. Rheumatoid arthritis was seen as often as the expected rate would indicate, given that the population died young, but it was rare. Other forms of arthritis, including gout and ankylosing spondylitis, were not seen.
British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition) © 1983 BMJ