Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
For centuries, mummies have held a unique fascination for physicians
and the public at large. In Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, sporadic
public displays of Egyptian mummies took place, too often the work of persons
exploiting the macabre and morbid aspects of such specimens. In 1834, Thomas
Pettigrew, a professor of anatomy at Charing Cross Hospital in London, was
among the first to emphasize the bioanthropological value of carefully examining
ancient mummies. His book, A History of Egyptian Mummies, has become a medical classic.
Steinbock RT. Mummies. JAMA. 2003;290(11):1521-1522. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1521-a