Ancient Egypt

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    • Healers
      • Women in the home (natural)
      • Doctors -usually connected to the temple
    • Causes
      • Washing for the gods kept people healthy.
      • Epidemics could spread in cities more than among hunter-gatherers.
    • 2000BC-200BC
    • Factors for change
      • Writing - they could keep records and share information.
      • Religion - embalming, which led to better knowledge of the body.
    • Explanations
      • Natural
        • The channel theory - blockage of the veins & arteries.
      • Supernatural
        • The gods - e.g. Sekhmet who sent epidemics.
    • Treatments
      • Natural
        • Bleeding/ purging.
      • Supernatural
        • Praying to the gods.

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