Medicine in the Days of the Pharaohs

Medicine in the Days of the Pharaohs

by Bruno Halioua, Bernard Ziskind
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674017021

ISBN-13: 9780674017023

Pub. Date: 04/15/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

At the temple of Kom Ombo near Aswan, an enigmatic frieze depicts the deified pharaoh Imhotep receiving a set of elaborate implements, some of which strikingly resemble modern surgical instruments: side by side with eye-of-Horus amulets one finds what surely must be forceps. Evidence of the medical practice of ancient Egypt has come down to us not only in

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At the temple of Kom Ombo near Aswan, an enigmatic frieze depicts the deified pharaoh Imhotep receiving a set of elaborate implements, some of which strikingly resemble modern surgical instruments: side by side with eye-of-Horus amulets one finds what surely must be forceps. Evidence of the medical practice of ancient Egypt has come down to us not only in pictorial art but also in papyrus scrolls, in funerary inscriptions, and in the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptians themselves.

Bruno Halioua and Bernard Ziskind provide a comprehensive account of pharaonic medicine that is illuminated by what modern science has discovered about the lives (and deaths) of people from all walks of life--farmers, fishermen, miners, soldiers, scribes and priests, embalmers, construction workers, bakers, prostitutes. From mummies and medical papyri we are able to recognize the aches of osteoarthritis, imagine the occupational hazards faced by press-ganged stonemasons, and learn of the gynecological complaints of courtesans. In presenting these stories Halioua and Ziskind throw light on some of the most enduring questions about life and death in antiquity: about physicians whose skills predate Hippocrates by twenty-five centuries and were first made famous by Homer; about the remedies and techniques they employed, at once strange and strangely familiar; about the men, women, and children they treated; and about the diseases and injuries they were called upon to heal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017023
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1The medical profession7
2Training and practice21
3Mummification43
4The modern study of mummies53
5Mothers and children69
6Childhood and adolescence82
7Old age and deformities95
8Fishermen and farmers115
9Construction workers, miners, soldiers128
10Bakers, priests, scribes, embalmers, prostitutes158
Epilogue : transmission of Egyptian medical knowledge179
Primary sources for Egyptian medicine189
Interpreting the ten plagues of Egypt197
Chronology of ancient Egypt205

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