The Curious Case of the Patient Who Was Killed by a Corpse

Albert Lowenfels, MD

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January 05, 2012

Summary

In 1922, Lord Carnarvon discovered the hidden tomb of the Egyptian King Tutankhamun, which had been careful hidden in the Valley of Kings. Although their deaths are separated by more than 3000 years, the deaths of King Tut and Lord Carnarvon have some close links: both men suffered from poor health prior to their death; infection is likely to have played a causative role leading to both deaths; both men, as a result of inherited wealth, led privileged lives. Now, based on recent DNA analysis, we know many of the details surrounding King Tut's health even though he died centuries ago. It is surprising that we know less about Lord Carnarvon's comparatively recent death than we do about King Tut's death. Is it possible that King Tut, seeking revenge for having his burial place disturbed, struck back from the grave to kill Lord Carnarvon? Although unlikely, the "curse of the Pharaoh" legend persists.

Further Reading

Reeves N. The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure. Thames & Hudson. 1995

Hawass Z. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs: Official Companion Book to the Exhibition sponsored by National Geographic National Geographic; 1St Edition. 2005

Websites

KingTutOne.com

LookLex Encyclopaedia

Tutankhamon's Curse

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