Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Alayna Hudzinski and Lizzie James

Emerging Medicine

Egyptian physicians used natural herbs and fruits. While some were less effective than others, most were kept until modern times and are even more effective than they were in the past.

The article gives us some examples of how medicine is and was used, including, "Honey: An excellent antiseptic, used to treat wounds, and an ancient cure that is now increasingly used by the British Military to treat burns. Willow: A concoction of this was used to treat toothache and willow bark formed the basis of modern aspirin. Mint: Used to treat gastric ailments and mint is another cure that is still used today. Pomegranate: Used to treat infestations of parasitic worms, and modern scientists have found that the high tannin content of this fruit actually does paralyze worms, known to Ancient Egyptian medicine as the 'snakes of the digestive system." Today, we still use some of these methods of medicine.

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Practicing Medicine

The Egyptians practiced many types of medicine. The article states, "The Egyptians made sure that the laborers were fed a diet rich in radish, garlic and onion." Laborers were fed this diet to prevent disease outbreaks because they are high in powerful antioxidants. The article also tells us that, "Priest-doctors also practiced amputation." They used linens and antiseptics to reduce chance of infections. Egyptians were also good at eye-surgery because objects in the desert were sometimes blown into the eye and could cause irritation.
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Mummification Process

First, priests removed the body's organs. The article states, "A long hook is used to smash the brain and pull it out through the nose." Next, natron was applied to the body and was stored for several days to dry. After that, the body was filed with spices and perfumes, then stitched closed. It was then cleaned with oils and tightly wrapped in long strips of linen.

The importance of medicine today

Medicine is important today because, some of the medicines they used back then could save people's lives in a traumatizing situation. The article tells us that, "They continued to develop the art of medicine and made many advances, although they were not as skilled as the Ancient Egyptians, whom even Homer recognized as the greatest healers in the world." Through the years, the medicines developed to be more sufficient. Egyptian's were some of the greatest healers, and without them who knows what kind of medicines we would have today. These medicines are extremely important to life.
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