All About Bone

GENINT 731.274

Osher (50+). In this course we explore bone composition and disorders, as well as the long life of bones as historical markers. 


About this course:

Because of its unique properties, bone, while completely concealed, supports vertebrate life. Then later, when revealed, bone reflects Earth’s history and human culture. The course begins with a description of bone’s composition, structure, names, shapes, and growth patterns. We then discuss the medical specialists who treat bone’s maladies: fractures and other bone disorders including the ways viruses can attack our skeleton. The focus turns to the contributions of pioneering bone doctors and some of the ingenious treatments available for diseased or missing skeletal segments. A review of bone imaging techniques concludes the discourse on concealed bone. After life, bones may be revealed, sometimes even millions of years later, when they become historical markers. The course continues with how paleontologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists use bone to interpret Earth’s history, including the course of animal life on it. We highlight man’s remarkable and varied use of bone to make spiritual items, weapons, implements, amusements, and adornments. At the end of the course, participants will have a heightened appreciation for this remarkable tissue.  

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