Health and medicine in ancient egypt

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Ancient Medicine Quotes (13 quotes)

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Ancient & Medieval Medicine: Crash Course History of Science #9

Papyrus Name, Other names, Dating, Language, Medical specialties, Contents, Scribe/Author, Date.

What was ancient Egyptian medicine like?

Medical practice in ancient Egypt was so advanced that many of their observations, policies, and commonplace procedures would not be surpassed in the west for centuries after the fall of Rome and their practices would inform both Greek and Roman medicine. They understood that disease could be treated by pharmaceuticals, recognized the healing potential in massage and aromas, had male and female doctors who specialized in certain specific areas, and understood the importance of cleanliness in treating patients. In the modern day it is recognized that disease and infection can be caused by germs and one might think people have always believed so but this is a relatively late innovation in human understanding. It was not until the 19th century CE that the germ theory of disease was confirmed by Louis Pasteur and proven by the work of British surgeon Joseph Lister. Before either of them, the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis CE offered the then outlandish proposal to the medical community that they could cut mortality rates in their practices simply by washing their hands.


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The medicine of the ancient Egyptians is some of the oldest documented. From the beginnings of the civilization in the late fourth millennium BC until the Persian invasion of BC, Egyptian medical practice went largely unchanged but was highly advanced for its time, including simple non-invasive surgery , setting of bones , dentistry , and an extensive set of pharmacopoeia. Egyptian medical thought influenced later traditions, including the Greeks. Until the 19th century, the main sources of information about ancient Egyptian medicine were writings from later in antiquity. The Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt around BC and wrote extensively of his observations of their medicinal practice. Hippocrates the "father of medicine" , Herophilos , Erasistratus and later Galen studied at the temple of Amenhotep , and acknowledged the contribution of ancient Egyptian medicine to Greek medicine. In , the translation of the Rosetta stone finally allowed the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions and papyri, including many related to medical matters Egyptian medical papyri.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Health was a constant concern in life and even the deceased needed extra care so that they would be at their prime when enclosed in the sarcophagus; and in the possession of magical weapons so that when they reached the Afterlife, they would be in complete possession of all their physical abilities. Medicine in ancient Egypt was trying to restrain all malefic beings from action and to preserve the well-being of the individual. Through this work, all descriptions and conceptions observed in the existing legacy of ancient Egypt will lead to conclusions that attest this unique duality: its main aim is to synthesize information from ancient Egyptian daily life; everything that has been written upon it and analyzed until today, throughout the world, in different perspectives and several languages, thus giving a contribution for international research and also possible future contributions for medicine and Egyptology.

5 thoughts on “Ancient Medicine Quotes (13 quotes)

  1. Ancient papyrus scripts provide insight on the types of treatments physicians used, including crude surgeries, medicinal prescriptions, and magical incantations.

  2. Ancient Egypt was a civilization that lasted from to B.C.E. This is probably where the concept of health started. Some of the earliest.

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