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Pectus excavatum in relief from Ancient Egypt (dating back to circa 2400 BC)

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Source Name: Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg


Adam J. Bialas, Jacek Kaczmarski, Jozef Kozak, and Bogumila Kempinska-Miroslawska

The authors analysed 621 reliefs, sculptures and paintings from Ancient Egypt looking for anatomical defects of the chest. They found a relief dated back to 2400 BC, depicting a man with an abnormal shape of the chest similar to a pectus excavatum. The authors opened the debate on the occurrence of this deformity in ancient times. 

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