Ancient Egyptian Medicine / Edition 1

Ancient Egyptian Medicine / Edition 1

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by John F. Nunn, J. F. Nunn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806135042

ISBN-13: 9780806135045

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press


The skills of the ancient Egyptians in preserving bodies through mummification are well known, but less recognized is their expertise in the everyday medical practices needed to treat the living. John F. Nunn draws on his own experience as a physician and Egyptologist to reassess the evidence on ancient Egyptian medical practices. Nunn has translated and…  See more details below

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The skills of the ancient Egyptians in preserving bodies through mummification are well known, but less recognized is their expertise in the everyday medical practices needed to treat the living. John F. Nunn draws on his own experience as a physician and Egyptologist to reassess the evidence on ancient Egyptian medical practices. Nunn has translated and reconsidered the original Egyptian medical papyri and has re-evaluated other sources of information, including skeletons, mummies, statues, tomb paintings, and sarcophagi.

Illustrations highlight similarities in the conditions of ancient and modern patients, and Nunn appraises the criteria ancient Egyptian doctors used to make their diagnoses in the context of current medical knowledge—showing that many of their findings are still valid today. He also explores ancient Egyptian spells and incantations and the relationship of magic and religion to medical practices.

Incorporating recent insights of modern medicine and Egyptology, Nunn provides readers with a comprehensive and authoritative book on a fascinating subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806135045
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
850,077
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface6
1The land of the Nile8
2The medical papyri24
3Concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathology42
4The pattern of disease64
5Magic and religion in medicine96
6The healers113
7Drug therapy136
8Surgery, trauma and dangerous animals163
9Specialised branches of medicine191
10Epilogue206
Appendix A: Chronological table210
Appendix B: Concordance of tabulations of known doctors (swnw)211
Appendix C: Pharmacological properties of some Egyptian herbal remedies215
Appendix D: Egyptian words appearing in the text217
Bibliography and recommended reading227
Index of citations and translations of medical texts234
General index236

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Ancient Egyptian Medicine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dragon_Witch More than 1 year ago
It is very well written and gives a whole new look into the lives of ancient Egyptians. Lets you know what the ancient Egyptians were really like.