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Ancient Egyptian Medicine Paperback – December 9, 2002
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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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Extremely interesting and comprehensive book on ancient Egyptian medicine.Published 1 month ago by Colbe Moe
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