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Why paleomedicine is useful for medical education
  1. Philippe Charlier1,2,
  2. Simon Donnell3,
  3. Donatella Lippi4,
  4. Andreas Nerlich5,
  5. Victor Asensi6,
  6. Antonio Perciaccante7,
  7. Otto Appenzeller8,
  8. Raffaella Bianucci9
  1. 1 Department of Research and High Education, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
  2. 2 Laboratory Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology (LAAB), UFR of Health Sciences, Paris-Saclay University (UVSQ), Montigny-Le-Bretonneux, France
  3. 3 Norwich Medical School, University of West Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
  4. 4 Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Univesity of Florence, Florence, Toscane, Italy
  5. 5 Institute of Pathology, Academic Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen, Munich, Germany
  6. 6 Infectious Diseases Unit, Hospital universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain
  7. 7 Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Giuliano Isontina, Department of Medecine, "San Giovanni di Dio" Hospital, Gorizia, Italia
  8. 8 New Mexico Health Enhancement, Marathon Clinics Research Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  9. 9 Legal Medicine Section, Department of Public Health and Paediatric Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philippe Charlier, Department of Research and High Education, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris 78180, France; ph_charlier{at}


What is the place of medico-historical cases in the professional practice of the disciplinary field of medicine and biology? How can these patients from the past be used for teaching and continuing medical education? How to justify their place in biomedical publications? In this article, we explain all the legitimacy of paleomedicine, and the need to intensify such research in the form of a well-individualised branch of paleopathology and the history of medicine.

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  • Contributors PC wrote the initial manuscript with significant critical input from all coauthors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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