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Väre, T. , Galassi, F. M., Niinimäki, J. and Junno, J. (2018), Potential case of gynecomastia in mummified remains of an early modern period northern finnish vicar. Clin. Anat., 31: 641-644. doi:10.1002/ca.23187

Potential case of gynecomastia in mummified remains of an early modern period Northern Finnish vicar

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Author: Väre, Tiina1,2; Galassi, Francesco M.3; Niinimäki, Jaakko4;
Organizations: 1Department of Archeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu FI-90014, Finland
2Medical Research Center of University of Oulu and Oulu University hospital, Oulu 90014, Finland
3Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich 8057, Switzerland
4Center for Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology Research of University of Oulu and Oulu University hospital, Oulu FI-90029, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2018103046874
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-04-17
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Abstract

We report possibly the oldest evidence of gynecomastia in mummified human remains. Computed tomography was performed on the mummified remains of an early 17th century Northern Finnish vicar. The examination of the scans revealed large bilateral subareolar irregular masses resembling female mammary glands. The nearly septuagenarian vicar appears to have had gynecomastia, as it is a common condition in elderly men, and is sometimes associated with obesity. Gynecomastia is the most likely explanation for these findings. Clin. Anat. 31:641–644, 2018. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Series: Clinical anatomy
ISSN: 0897-3806
ISSN-E: 1098-2353
ISSN-L: 0897-3806
Volume: 31
Issue: 5
Pages: 641 - 644
DOI: 10.1002/ca.23187
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/ca.23187
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
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Funding: The research was part of Church, space and memory project funded by Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Finland, and led by PhD Titta Kallio-Seppä.
Copyright information: © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Väre, T. , Galassi, F. M., Niinimäki, J. and Junno, J. (2018), Potential case of gynecomastia in mummified remains of an early modern period northern finnish vicar. Clin. Anat., 31: 641-644. doi:10.1002/ca.23187, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.23187. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.