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 93,031 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Merit-Ptah is the 135th most popular physician (up from 201st in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 213th 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 135 out of 509Before her are Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, Ibn Zuhr, Frederick Griffith, Carl Wernicke, John Eccles, and Georges Gilles de la Tourette. After her are Hans Rosling, Joseph Erlanger, Kitasato Shibasaburō, Dominique Jean Larrey, Theodor Billroth, and Baruj Benacerraf.

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Among people born in 2700 BC, Merit-Ptah ranks 5Before her are Khufu, Sneferu, Sanakht, and Khaba. After her are Hetepheres I, Prince Rahotep, Meritites I, Henutsen, 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 165 out of 520Before her are Huda Sha'arawi (1879), Sosigenes of Alexandria (-80), Saadia Gaon (882), Cleopatra V of Egypt (-100), Dodi Fayed (1955), and Zahi Hawass (1947). After her are Taha Hussein (1889), Djedkare Isesi (-2500), Adly Mansour (1945), Basilides (117), Meritamen (-1400), and Ahmose (-1504).


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).