Notes on Medicine through time - Part 1

Here's the first part of the notes I have on Medicine through time, I hope they can be of some use to others since exams are evil and cannot be failed - they laugh at you otherwise :P

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Notes on Medicine through time (Part 1)


Archelogical evidence of diseases and sickness.

Prehistoric Skulls sometimes with small circular holes cut out. The removal of small pieces of
bone may have been worn as a charm. The skull may have been trephinned with a sharp stone.
We know…

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# Avoided infectious diseases due to isolation


Based on fertile soil in Valley of the Nile

Settled not nomadic

Domesticated animals. Farming instead of hunting.

Built dams. Irrigation.

Leaders. Pharaohs. Settled system of government.

Cities, Temples, Army, Pyramids.

Calculations, taxes.

Writing, written records. Sophisticated…

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Religion. Not allowed to examine the dead body in detail.

Heat meant embalming had to be done quickly.

Believed in afterlife so couldn't dissect organs.

Little knowedge of anatomical details.

Could successfully treat a broken nose. (Papyrus).

Used herbs and drugs. Radishes/ garlic/ onions. All good against stomach complaints.


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