The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

Malaria: The Disease that Claimed the Life of the Boy Pharaoh

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 172-176 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010033

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King Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1332 B.C. to 1332 B.C. His nearly intact tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. Tutankhamun was probably the product of an incestuous relationship. This has led to much speculation concerning an inheritable genetic disorder being the cause of the young kingʼs death. However, evidence points to malaria as being a more likely cause. Malaria is a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease which is caused by a parasite. Illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented by the intervention of modern medicine.

Keywords: Amun, avascular necrosis, clubfoot, DNA, insecticide, malaria, mosquito, parasite, pharaoh, sickle-cell disorder, Soleb.

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