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Was Egyptian Medicine An Important Step Forward?

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  • Submitted: 14/08/2003
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Oliver Maltby

The Radcliffe School

Was Egyptian Medicine An Important Step Forward?

We are looking at the question "Was Egyptian medicine an important step forward?" first of all we have to ascertain whether conditions had been improved for the ordinary man i.e. not hunter gathers anymore. The ancient Egyptian people did not move around like the prehistoric people. Some areas, such as the Nile valley were fertile and offered greater security for settlements to farm and survive all year round. People settled in towns and not everybody had to till the soil for survival, some became the first priests and doctors.

The Egyptians reached greater knowledge of the anatomy, because they prepared corpses for mummification as the priests included removing internal organs such as the heart, lungs and liver. However, it was the priests rather than the doctors who removed the internal organs and although general knowledge of the anatomy increased dramatically at this time, religious rules forbade dissection or examination of the organs (they were often simply put into jars and left) - which hindered their medical advances. This gave the Egyptians the idea that supernatural causes like "Spirits have taken over your body,

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