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"Nunn has spent over twenty years elucidating the intricacies of ancient Egyptian medicine. It is impossible in a short review to do justice to the extraordinary breadth and scholarship of this beautifully produced and illustrated text. Long may he continue to illuminate the many mysteries that remain."—BMJ: British Medical Journal

About the Author

John F. Nunn retired as head of the Anaesthesia Division of the Clinical Research Center, British Medical Research Council. A member of the Egypt Exploration Society, he is the author of a number of medical articles and books that have become standard works.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (December 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806135042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806135045
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a physician and Egyptian ,I have long history of interest in ancient Egyptian medicine.Most books on the subject are either incomplete or confusing. DR Nunn`s book fills a void long felt by students of the subject.
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Dr. Nunn's marvelous retrospective picks up where Guido Majno's seminal "The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World" leaves off with regard to ancient Egyptian medicine. The book is well referenced and easy to understand, and illustrated with 90 photographs and line drawings in addition to transliteration tables of hieroglyphic terms (which leads one to wonder if comments on a lack of "pictures" were made by someone who actually bothered to read the book). Highly recommended to the student of ancient medicine, the specialist of ancient occult and herbal practices related to healing, or those who study ancient Egypt.
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Nunn, a retired physician and Egyptologist, has written the definitive book on ancient Egyptian medicine, incorporating both a detailed understanding of the science of healing with scholarly historical and linguisitc analysis. A caveat - the first three chapters (on extant medical texts, their origins, similarities and details of their recent ownership and provenance) is dry and are related to the rest of the book only inasmuch as they are the bulk of the sources used by him. Do not be dissuaded from what is really a gem of a treatise by this slow start.

Having laid a foundation of the medical papyri and the Egyptian concept of physiology and pathology, Nunn really hits his stride when writing about disease, drug therapy and surgery. His familarity with ancient Middle Egyptian sa it pertains to diagnoses and treatment is clearly apparent, his inferences and analyses clearly supported. His chapter on "The Pattern of Disease" was brilliant, discussing the challenges to piecing together ancient diseases from mummies (given time, the nature of preservation, and the availability of tissues that can be analyzed). His discussion on parasitic disease and infection was detailed, but written in a manner that was accessable for a lay-person (non-physician) to understand. His chapter on the ancient Egyptian pharmacopeia (in terms of medicines, minerals and measurement of drugs) was similarly conceptually accessable.

What was most striking to me was not only the level of medical sophistication the ancient Egyptians had, but the amount of detail Egyptologists are able to glean from not only a handful of medical papyri, but from tombs, mummies, ostraca and artwork. (In particular a scene of work-related injuries from a 20th dynasty tomb at Deir al-Medina - tomb 217 - was especially striking.) For anyone interested in the history of medicine or Egyptology, this is a must-read. Highest recommendations.
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I knew to some extent the Ancient Egyptians had skills in healing, but until I read this book I had no clear idea of how skillful they were. A lot of their practices are still used to day. The graphics of the parts of the body and their Egyptian names was a wonderful and added treat. I knew of medical papyri but not how many there were and what each contained. If you really want to see how advanced the Egyptians were I recommend this book
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I found the first two chapters somewhat dull and almost didn't finish the book at all. Once into chapter three, however, I found it quite readable and very informative. Still, I suspect the volume will appeal most to those with at least some background in health care, as it's written by a retired MD.
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An excellent serious book on the subject and an first class reference work
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