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Tutankhamun

Editorial: King Tutankhamun, Modern Medical Science, and the Expanding Boundaries of Historical Inquiry

February 17, 2010 - 08:56 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Howard Markel
Reference: 
JAMA. 2010;303(7):667-668

Indeed, this finding constitutes the oldest genetic proof of malaria in well-dated mummies.

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Ancestry and Pathology in King Tutankhamun's Family

February 17, 2010 - 08:48 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Zahi Hawass, Yehia Z. Gad, Carsten M. Pusch et al.
Reference: 
JAMA, February 17, 2010; 303: 638 - 647

These results suggest avascular bone necrosis in conjunction with the malarial infection as the most likely cause of death in Tutankhamun. Walking impairment and malarial disease sustained by Tutankhamun is supported by the discovery of canes and an afterlife pharmacy in his tomb.

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