Gregory Thomas, M.D., globally recognized for leading research of mummies to search for signs of heart disease and pushing the boundaries of discovery, is senior author of a new study published in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Network Open journal
Dr. Thomas, a medical director of MemorialCare Health & Vascular Institute in
Southern California, and fellow researchers sought evidence of
atherosclerosis—fatty build-up of plaque in the walls of arteries—of Inuits,
hunter-gatherers living 500 years ago in Greenland. The goal was to determine
if the leading cause of U.S. deaths was prevalent centuries ago in people with
healthy and hearty lifestyles.
High-resolution CT scanning was conducted at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital of mummies preserved at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in nearby Cambridge.
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