Ah, well, many thanks for taking the time to look. That .pdf is pretty typical of those I'm continually printing and carrying around. It's produced from LaTeX and dvipdf to meet a particular academic publisher's (Springer-Verlag) requirements.
Just to make sure I understand what you're saying (your knowledge of PDF far exceeds mine!), when you just open the document in Acrobat, you can read the text, yes? It's when you try and translate it for the Reader that things break down? I can read and print the document myself just fine, I lack a Reader and software to find out how well the Reader would display it.