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Ancient Medical Technology: From Herbs to Scalpels

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Did you know . . . Doctors in ancient Peru performed brain surgery? Ancient Greek doctors ran medical schools? The ancient Indians knew how to protect people from smallpox? Medical technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used simple healing techniques. They developed ways to set broken bones. They learned which plants were good for treating colds, headaches, and stomachaches. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about medicine. The ancient Indians performed plastic ...

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Overview

Did you know . . . Doctors in ancient Peru performed brain surgery? Ancient Greek doctors ran medical schools? The ancient Indians knew how to protect people from smallpox? Medical technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used simple healing techniques. They developed ways to set broken bones. They learned which plants were good for treating colds, headaches, and stomachaches. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about medicine. The ancient Indians performed plastic surgery. The ancient Romans operated on people's eyes. People in many ancient cultures wrote medical textbooks. What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient doctors use? Which of their remedies worked and which ones didn't? And how did ancient medicine set the stage for our own modern medical technology? Learn more in Ancient Medical Technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Would you believe that when you go to the doctor, you may receive treatment from around the world or medicine that was developed thousands of years ago? We expect to get the latest and best medical treatment, but medical technology in ancient cultures was more advanced and effective than we think. The six ancient cultures discussed in this book vary widely in their medical technology because the diseases the cultures faced and the natural treatments available in the different regions differed. Ancient Egyptians had more problems with their teeth because of blowing sand than the other cultures did! However, all of these cultures contributed to our current medical care. They learned how to set bones and how to use plants to cure diseases. Some of these products, like aloe and quinine, are still in use today. Ancient cultures also developed surgical techniques. It may sound gross, but surgeons in Ancient India used ants to seal intestinal incisions without the risk of infection from stitches. The Ancient Indians also practiced plastic surgery! Like other volumes in the "Technology in Ancient Cultures" series, this book starts with an introduction and a summary of medical basics. After the ancient cultures are covered in separate chapters, a final chapter brings the reader to modern times. A glossary, index, and timeline make this book easy to use, and a bibliography and suggestions for further reading help readers learn even more. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761365228
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Technology in Ancient Cultures Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 624,360
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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