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July 22, 1911

THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1911;LVII(4):294-297. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070298015
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SATURDAY, JULY 22, 1911 

ARTERIOSCLEROSIS IN THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS  We are accustomed to ascribe to a high-pressure and altogether modern system of living the prevalence of arterial degeneration and its results, ignoring altogether the lack of any evidence of value that arteriosclerosis occurs earlier or oftener nowadays than formerly. Now comes forward Marc Armand Ruffer1 to tell us that among those ancient Egyptians who still persist in mummified form, sclerosis and atheroma of the vessels were extremely common. In all respects the lesions which developed three thousand years ago were quite the same as those which exist in modern times, not only macroscopically, but also microscopically, since the degree of preservation of the mummy material still permits histologic study.The question of foremost interest is:

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