Mystery of the Bones Syphilis, The Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Arikara Indians
A real-life Indiana Jones joins Dr. Lowry in exploring a mystery. Dr. P Willey, Professor of Forensic Anthropology at Chico State University has exhumed Peruvian mummies, identified American pilots’ remains from Viet Nam, and cataloged the mass graves of citizens murdered by Saddam Hussein.
He began his career studying long-dead Arikara Indians, the very tribe that seems to have given syphilis to the men of the Lewis and Clark expedition. But why do the Arikara bones not show the usual signs of syphilitic infection? Combining anthropological and medical knowledge, the authors try to solve the mystery. Sixteen illustrations; seven charts. 2008, Vallombrosa Press, 196 p.