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Discover what the Ancient Egyptian believed about illness and the human body - and how effective their herbal remedies. were.
This is part of a series designed to show how hunter-gathering peoples treated everyday illnesses and broken bones, what the skeletons of early people can tell us about the diseases they suffered from, medical contributions and advances made over the centuries - from prehistoric times to the present day. The books evaluate the major medical issues of the time and consider the key individuals who pushed medical knowledge into new territory.
A chronological approach to the most popular development study, tracing the development of medicine from prehistoric times to the present day. The narrative is clear and accessible and questions throughout the text help with comprehension and learning. Exam practice sections have been updated to make sure that they help prepare students their exams.
I don't think I can do better than quote Journal of the American Medical Association:
"This beautifully illustrated, thoroughly referenced book certainly deserves recognition as an outstanding contribution to the history of medicine. Hopefully, physicians and historians will take advantage of its enjoyable wisdom"
and Charles Newman, in the British Medical Journal: "What vitality - a great laughing, learned, extroverted giant, dragging you with him on one of the most stimulating and entertaining journeys for a long while... This is just a great, astonishing book." Dr Guido Majno has returned to orginal sources from the civilizations of the ancient world - Greece at the time of Hippocrates, Rome under the Caesars, the Egypt of the Pharohs, the India of Ashoka and China as Mencius knew it - to unravel history from personal letters, buried artifacts and early treatises. He has reconstructed ancient experiments in a modern laboratory and has evaluated ancient remedies with today's methods.
Imhotep was the architect of the Step Pyramid at Sakkara - the first structure ever built of cut stone - by far the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, and his only surviving work. As vizier, Imhotep was chief advisor to Zoser in both religious and practical matters, controlling many important departments. He was a high priest, physician, astronomer and writer.
This book draws very heavily on an earlier work by Sethc, but nonetheless manages to ignore his argument that Manetho's account of King Zoser is a description of Imhotep himself. The Nechautis Papyrus from Oxy-rhynchus is amongst extra material included in this volume.
An attractively laid out book, including plenty of detail about medicine in ancient Egypt.
A really great - and fun - introduction to the history of medicine for the 9-12 age group (and probably older readers too). The short, informative chapters are easy to read and interesting. The narrative style successfully integrates the history of medicine with history, medicine and biography in a 'human' manner. It is easy to see why people thought in the way they did - what obstacles they were trying to overcome and how they learned from their efforts, and the book is an excellent springboard for further discussion.
Exploring The History Of Medicine is written from a Christian perspective, but without preaching, and doesn't take the rather manic approach of many recent historical books for this age group.
A comprehensive study of pharaonic medicine, in the light of contemporary scientific discoveries about the lives (and deaths) of farmers, fishermen, miners, soldiers, scribes and priests, embalmers, construction workers, bakers and prostitutes in ancient Egypt.
The authors call upon evidence from sources as diverse as tomb paintings, mummies, bones, papyri and ostraca, jars (examining the liquid residues and the labels), prostitutes' tattoos and inscriptions in the tombs of physicians and laymen. They also devote a whole chapter to the Biblical 'Plagues of Egypt'
Featuring works from the Metropolitan Museum's collection, this fascinating book examines this relatively unexplored aspect of Egyptian art. Includes introductory essays on Egyptian medicine, descriptions and photographs of sixty-four objects, and the first colour reproduction of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in its entirety, accompanied by a full translation.
An overview of the discoveries produced by applying modern scientific methodlogy to palaeopathology and palaeopidemiology modern scientific studies is included along with specific case studies detailing evidence of disease. Features include the constituents and efficacy of the pharmacists' remedies, a brief overview of the medical papyri and medical inscriptions .
Written and illustrated by a medical illustrator who has won a prestigiious award for her work on Ancient Egyptian medical illustration.
The cutting-edge research by the team of specialist scientists who wrote this book used multidisciplinary, investigative methods and the resources of the Egyptian Mummy Tissue Bank. They incorporate plenty of background information about technical matters and previous scientific research, whilst demonstrating how these techniques can contribute to a new perspective on Egyptology and the history of disease in general.
Describes medical techniques such as brain surgery, splints, taking a pulse, forceps, and sanitation in ancient civilizations including the Stone Age, Egypt, Greece, China, India, and Rome.
Places and times are absorbed into the flow of this text, rather than dealing with the subject chronologically.
Medicine is one of the topics covered by 'Science In Ancient Egypt' (as well as the achievements of the ancient Egyptians in science, mathematics, astronomy, agriculture and technology).
The author points out gaps in our knowledge of Egyptian technology and explaining when the techniques described (eg. used for shaping stones) are theoretical. More illustrations would help - but its a good brief introduction to the subject and works well as a classsroom 'read aloud'.
From Apollonia, the patron saint of toothache sufferers, to the American Civil War ... investigating the comical and the macabre en route.
E. Nesbit completed her classic trilogy of children's fantasy books with the story of the Amulet - it follows 'Five Children and It' and 'The Phoenix and the Carpet'.
The spectre of the danger threatening the lives of their parents hovers over the children throughout this book, which is much darker in tone than the earlier stories. The Psammiad returns, and the amulet which he shows them leads to ancient Egypt and Babylon, where none of their adventures run smoothly. The amulet might have the power to grant them their hearts desire. But if they forget the 'word of power' or lose the amulet, what will happen to them?
The true story of a young French scientist, Louis Thuillier, as he and his colleagues race to discover the microbe responsible for the 1883 cholera outbreak in Alexandria, Egypt. The facts are woven into a fictional love story between Thuillier and the daughter of the city's Jewish doctor, but the result is a novel that reads more like nonfiction, with poor characterisation and a predictable storyline. It is heavy on vile and overwrought detail in its depiction of the ravages wrought by the cholera epidemic, but without the scientific details which we have come to expect in these days of techno-thrillers. That is a limitation imposed by choosing the novel as the vehicle for this story - we are limited to the inadequate scientific insights available in 1883. I get the impression that this author should have written this story as a drama-documentary - not a novel.
Traditionally the waterpipe has been regarded as less harmful and less addictive than cigarettes. But these studies expose the lie. The waterpipe is as harmful and as addictive as cigarettes. By publishing these studies, WHO aspires to make the decision-makers, health professionals and the public in Egypt sit up and take notice.
Smoking, Culture and Economy in The Middle East by Relli Shechter (2006)