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[Perspectives] Designs upon death in ancient Egypt

Much is known about ancient Egyptian medicine from papyri in various museums, which describe treatments consisting of a combination of magical spells, rituals, and practical prescriptions. But although physicians were clearly important members of a pharaoh’s entourage, very few of their names survive. One exception is that of Wepwawetemhat. His name and function is written in coloured hieroglyphs alongside painted natural creatures on a fragment of his coffin made of sycamore fig wood dating from about 1975–1790 BC, kept at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK.