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Briefly describe the main features of Egyptian Medicine (5)

Egyptian medicine used common-sense and herbal remedies, such as honey, as an antiseptic. They also believed in supernatural cures and would go to the temples to be healed or to make offerings to the gods if they could not get better. Doctors were also priests and so medical care was closely connected to the gods. They believed gods, such as Sekhmet, sent epidemics or gods, such as, such as Bes looked after pregnant women. Egyptians believed the body was like the River Nile and that illness was caused by blockages in channels in the body. They learnt about the insides of bodies because they embalmed bodies both to prepare them for the after life and to prevent them from decaying.



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