By Joseph Messner & Ethan Miller
Medicinal History in Ancient Egypt
While practicing embalming, the ancient Egyptians learned how to amputate and use healing herbs. The workers who were making monuments were well taken care of. They were treated if they were injured and they were put on a diet of radish, garlic, and onion. Ancient Egyptians were also very good at performing eye-surgery . Egyptians also used prosthetics. The Egyptians used herbs such as honey, willow, mint, and pomegranate. The Egyptians practiced dentistry and used honey to stop infections.
Medicines From Ancient Egypt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient Egyptian medicine
First, the dead bodies are brought to a tent called an ibu where they were washed in palm wine and rinsed in Nile water. The body is then cut into and the internal organs are taken out. The stomach, liver, lungs, and intestines were taken out and filled with natron which dries them. The heart wasn't removed because the Egyptians thought it was the center of intelligence and they believed it was necessary to the afterlife. The embalmers smashed in the brains with long hooks and removed it from the nose. The body is dried with natron. The body is washed again with water from the Nile about forty days later. The internal organs are wrapped in linen and are put back in the body. The body is stuffed with dry materials such as sawdust, leaves, and linen. Lastly, the body is covered in oils and is wrapped in linen. The head and neck are wrapped first, then the toes and fingers are wrapped individually, next the arms and legs are wrapped separately, and the bodies are given amulets to protect them in the afterlife. Priests say spells to protect the body. The arms and legs are tied together and a papyrus scroll that consists of spells from the Book of The Dead is put in between the mummified arms. More linen is wrapped around the body, and after every layer, liquid resin is put on the bandages to keep them together. The body is wrapped in cloth and a picture of Osiris is painted on it. Finally, the body is wrapped in cloth and is attached by strips of linen. The mummy is put into its coffin and that coffin is put inside another coffin. The body is then put inside a sarcophagus in its tomb along with valuables.
Egyptian Medical Practices Effects Us Today
This information was found in the social studies book Journey Across Time by glencoe