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Tracheostomy in ancient Egypt
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology, ISSN 0022-2151, E-ISSN 1748-5460, Vol. 128, no 8, 665-668 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has often been reported that the ancient Egyptians performed tracheostomies. An analysis of this claim demonstrates it to be founded on only two depictions from the Protodynastic period (thirty-first century BC). These depictions are difficult to reconcile with tracheostomy from an anatomical point of view and can more easily be explained as human sacrifices. Considering that Egyptian surgery included only minor procedures even at its zenith during later dynastic periods, it is difficult to imagine that they would have developed such an advanced procedure at such an early date.

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2014. Vol. 128, no 8, 665-668 p.
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Egypt, Tracheostomy, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94554DOI: 10.1017/S0022215114001327ISI: 000341763800003OAI: diva2:761412
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-10-13 Last updated: 2014-11-06Bibliographically approved

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