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2700 BC - 2659 BC

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Merit-Ptah ("Beloved of Ptah") was thought to be a female chief physician of the pharaoh's court during the Second Dynasty of Egypt, c. 2700 BCE; she is purportedly referred as such on an inscription left on her grave at Saqqara by her son.However, in recent times it has been argued that she most likely never existed, being a modern 1938 invention of a Canadian feminist called Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Merit-Ptah has received more than 105,570 page views. Her biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Merit-Ptah is the 163rd most popular physician (down from 135th in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 164th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Egyptian Physician.

Merit-ptah was a pharaoh of Egypt during the Middle Kingdom. He was most famous for his military campaigns against the Libyans and the Assyrians.

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Among physicians, Merit-Ptah ranks 163 out of 502Before her are Waldemar Hoven, Sushruta, Bernardo Houssay, Joseph Erlanger, Robin Warren, and Michael Stuart Brown. After her are Albert Calmette, Engelbert Kaempfer, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Leonid Rogozov, Dominique Jean Larrey, and Anthony Fauci.

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Among people born in 2700 BC, Merit-Ptah ranks 6Before her are Khufu, Sneferu, Khaba, Sanakht, and Hetepheres I. After her are Prince Rahotep, Meritites I, Henutsen, Horus Sa, Meresankh I, and Hetephernebti. Among people deceased in 2659 BC, Merit-Ptah ranks 1

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Merit-Ptah ranks 193 out of 582Before her are Al-Ashraf Khalil (1260), Thamphthis (-2600), Al-Adid (1149), Pentawer (-1173), Senakhtenre Ahmose (-1600), and Ahmes (-1680). After her are Ahmed Zewail (1946), Intef III (-2050), Mary the Jewess (100), Basilides (117), Amenhotep, son of Hapu (-1420), and Dionysius Thrax (-170).


Among physicians born in Egypt, Merit-Ptah ranks 2Before her are Cyril of Alexandria (376). After her are Ali ibn Ridwan (988) and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh (1951).