- The Egyptian civilisation was an agricultural one that spread in a narrow band along the River Nile. Every year the Nile floods fertilised the fields and the river provided water for irrigation.
- Successful agriculture provided spare food so more people were doctors, priests and other professionals.
- More trade and communication – ships imported new herbs and plants, which were used as medicines.
- The Egyptians had writing – ideas could be recorded and communicated better than previously.
- The River Nile led some to suggest that, like the Nile and irrigation systems, the body was full of channels.
- They thought that you became ill if the channels of your body were blocked.
- They used purging, vomiting and blood-letting to unblock the channels when someone became unwell.
- These ideas weren’t accepted by all and those who believed them did not abandon spiritual treatments.
- The Egyptians also knew diet…