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By Lois N. Magner

Stressing significant issues within the historical past of drugs, this moment version stimulates extra exploration of the occasions, methodologies, and theories that formed scientific practices in many years earlier and in sleek medical practice-highlighting the practices of civilizations all over the world, in addition to the learn of pioneering scientists and physicians who contributed to our present realizing of health and wellbeing and sickness.

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According to Egyptian medical theory, human beings were born healthy, but were innately susceptible to disorders caused by intestinal putrefaction, visible or occult external entities, and strong emotions, such as sorrow, unrequited love, and homesickness. The body was constantly threatened by noxious winds caused by changes in the weather, or by spirits and ghosts. Worms and insects represented exogenous causes of disease, but the term worms included both real and imaginary agents, or a misperception of bits of tissue, mucus, or blood clots that appeared in feces and wounds.

The discovery of more than a hundred walking sticks among his grave goods seems to support this theory. ’’ Certainly, ancient Egyptian skeletons, portraits, writings, and, above all, mummies provide ample evidence of the crushing burden of disease in the ancient world. Although mummified bodies have been found in many parts of the world, for most people the term ‘‘mummy’’ conjures up the Egyptian mummy, as seen in museums and late-night horror shows. The term comes from a Persian word for bitumen (natural asphalt), reflecting the mistaken notion that ancient Egyptian bodies had been preserved and blackened by soaking in pitch.

If Tut-ankh-Amen had Klippel-Feil syndrome he would have had difficulty walking. The discovery of more than a hundred walking sticks among his grave goods seems to support this theory. ’’ Certainly, ancient Egyptian skeletons, portraits, writings, and, above all, mummies provide ample evidence of the crushing burden of disease in the ancient world. Although mummified bodies have been found in many parts of the world, for most people the term ‘‘mummy’’ conjures up the Egyptian mummy, as seen in museums and late-night horror shows.

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