TSUNG O. CHENG, M.D.
During the last decade several ancient corpses were unearthed in China; almost all of them were discovered accidently during excavation at construction sites. The excavated bodies of persons who died over 2000 years ago astonished scientists throughout the world, because all of the bodies were extremely well preserved. This preservation through more than 2000 years was believed to result from the combined effects of hermetic sealing and the deliberate deep burying of the coffins in the suitable geological and hydrological environments of the burial grounds. The Chinese government dispatched many pathologists, anatomists, biochemists, radiologists, and other medical specialists from all
CHENG TO. Glimpses of the Past from the Recently Unearthed Ancient Corpses in China. Ann Intern Med. ;101:714–715. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-5-714
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(5):714-715.
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