The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians

2: Internal Medicine

Eugen Strouhal
Břetislav Vachala
Hana Vymazalová

Ancient Egyptian medicine employed advanced surgical practices, while the prevention and treatment of diseases relied mostly on natural remedies and m

English edition
5 January 2021
304 pp.
35 b&w integrated
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774169915
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Ancient Egyptian medicine employed advanced surgical practices, while the prevention and treatment of diseases relied mostly on natural remedies and magical incantations. Following the successful first volume of The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians, which dealt with surgical practices and the treatment of women and children, this second volume explores a wide range of internal medical problems that the Egyptian population suffered in antiquity, and various methods of their treatment. These include ailments of the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems, chiefly heart diseases of various types, coughs, stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, internal parasites, and many other medical conditions.
Drawing on formulas and descriptions in the Ebers papyrus and other surviving ancient Egyptian medical papyri, as well as physical evidence and wall depictions, the authors present translations of the medical treatises together with commentaries and interpretations in the light of modern medical knowledge. The ancient texts contain numerous recipes for the preparation of various remedies, often herbal in the form of pills, drinks, ointments, foods, or enemas. These reveal a great deal about ancient Egyptian physicians and their deep understanding of the healing properties of herbs and other medicinal substances.
Illustrated with thirty-five photographs and line drawings,The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians: 2: Internal Medicine is highly recommended reading for scholars of ancient Egyptian medicine and magic, as well as for paleopathologists, medical historians, and physical anthropologists.

Eugen Strouhal

Eugen Strouhal is a physician, anthropologist, and archaeologist, one of the founders of the field of paleopathology. Since 1961 he has collaborated with a number of archaeological expeditions in Egypt. He is the author of sixteen books and 350 articles. Břetislav Vachala is an Egyptologist and archaeologist at Charles University in Prague. Since 1979 he has participated in archaeological expeditions of the Czech Institute of Egyptology to Egypt. Hana Vymazalová studied Egyptology and logic at Charles University in Prague. She is a member of the Czech Institute of Egyptology and since 2006 has participated in archaeological expeditions to Egypt.

Břetislav Vachala

Břetislav  Vachala is an Egyptologist and archaeologist at Charles University, Prague. Since 1979 he has participated in archaeological expeditions of the Czech Institute of Egyptology to Egypt.

Hana Vymazalová

Hana  Vymazalová studied Egyptology and logic at Charles University, Prague. She is a member of the Czech Institute of Egyptology and since 2006 has participated in archaeological expeditions to Egypt.
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