Although we take doctors and dentists for granted today, ancient people didn’t always have medical care available at their fingertips. Cavities and worn teeth had a negative impact on Egyptians, recent studies show that many ancient Egyptians suffered from a multitude of dental problems which caused excruciating pain, including cavities, abscesses, and periodontal diseases. The teeth on most mummies excavated are very well preserved, thus providing the opportunity for researchers to do CT imaging. Dental troubles were not the only problem of the ancient Egyptians however; many endured chronic infectious middle ear diseases as well as tuberculosis. Pulmonary diseases are being discovered in the ancient Egyptian mummies as well. These diseases, such as pneumonia, have been linked to the presence of carbon in the lungs. The death of Egyptians however remains a mystery, the embalming process and the nature of the diseases makes the death difficult to diagnose. Although in most cases, the deaths occurred due to disease, trauma, and malnutrition. Consequently, the medical well being of some Egyptians lead to a life of suffering and pain.
Mason G. Period 7