'Bones and Mummies' is topic of talk, April 2
Posted March 28, 2007; 05:57 p.m.
A lecture titled "Bones and Mummies: Science Revealing the Past" is set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, in 6 Friend Center.
Frank Rühli, head of applied anatomy at the University of Zurich's Institute of Anatomy, will speak about his work in evolutionary medicine, which merges anthropological, archaeological and clinical sciences to trace changing human anatomy, physiology and disease patterns.
Some of the cases he will discuss include: the cause of death of "Otzi" the famous iceman of the Tyrolean Alps; the methods and mechanisms of ancient deliberate mummification; the extent of so-called civilization diseases such as atherosclerosis in ancient mummies; and pathological findings in preserved bone that support diagnoses of syphilis, tuberculosis or hyperparathyroidism in persons of historic interest.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry with support from Siemens Medical Solutions, the National Geographic Society, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Helen-Bieber Fund and the University of Zurich.