Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2012 / Article

Commentary | Open Access

Volume 19 |Article ID 640292 | 2 pages |

Images of the Respiratory System in Ancient Egypt: Trachea, Bronchi and Pulmonary Lobes


Examination of ancient Egyptians’ depictions of the respiratory tract, dating back to the 30th century BC, reveals their awareness of the pulmonary anatomy: reinforced with cartilaginous rings, the trachea is split into two main bronchi, which then enter the lungs (lungs being divided into pulmonary lobes).

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