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June 23 2010

King Tutankhamun’s Family and Demise

JAMA. 2010;303(24):2471-2475. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.820

To the Editor: Based on my review of the radiographic images in the study by Dr Hawass and colleagues,1 I disagree with the authors' conclusion that Tutankhamun had a left clubfoot. In talipes equinovarus, or clubfoot, the hindfoot is in equinus, and the navicular is medially displaced on the talus.2,3 The images in Figure 4 of the article show the left foot to have a normal hindfoot and a normal talonavicular relationship. Thus, Tutankhamun's left foot is not in equinus and not in varus, and is not a clubfoot.

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