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External Adversity for the Disabled

TITLE: EXTERNAL ADVERSITY FOR THE DISABLED
AUTHOR: BASSAM IMAM
ADVERSITY FOR THE DISABLED
Humans with disabilities have always been with us. A
disability may occur during the foetal stage, shortly after
birth or at any time during a person’s lifetime. In the distant
past many disabled people were left alone to fend for themselves
but there is also reason to believe that in many instances they
were helped through acts of empathy and compassion. The need to
help other humans and animals is a powerful feeling that is
innate in many humans.
Two researchers have supported the idea of caring for the
disabled in Anthropological Science and in the International
Journal of Paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases and
other ailments as found in human remains and in the remains of
other organisms; definition extracted from wisegeek.com). A
single skeleton, Burial 9, attracted attention during an
excavation of a burial ground in a site called Nam Bac in
Northern Vietnam.
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