Medicine through time

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What was channel theory?
The nile had many channels, if one got blocked it would over flow and flood the crops and they would die. Ancient Egyptians thought the same about the bloodstream: if you were ill, a channel is blocked
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Why was the channel theory by the Egyptians such an important development in medicine?
It led doctors to abandon purely spiritual cures for illness and start to think about practical cures to unblock the 'channels'
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What was the basis for Egyptians to make advances in medicine?
They had a stable community and a settled farming economy therefore people were wealthy enough to take care of their health
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The Egyptians believed life was created and controlled by what?
The Gods
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In Egyptian people's eyes what did the God Thoth control?
The creation of human beings
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In Egyptian people's eyes what did the God Bes control?
Child birth
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What was sympathetic magic?
An Egyptian supernatural cure; for example they would use a pig's eye to cause blindness because they believed that the vision of the pig would transfer to the patient
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How would the Egyptains unblock the 'channels'?
Forcing the patient to vomit or bleeding them
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In Egyptian times there were medical textbooks. True/false
True
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In Egyptian times recipies of remedies would be passed from one doctor to another. What might some of these recipies contain?
A recommendation
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Two ways that historians know that Egyptians took care over their personal cleanliness
Wore eye make up to protect their eyes and slept under mosquito nets
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Egyptians used to clean themselves a lot. This is a rational medical way of thinking. However why can this be regarded as supernatural?
They used their own cleanliness to appeal to their Gods
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What time period were the first to create the profession of medicine?
Egyptian
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What are empirical methods of curing disease? And what time period were the first to use empirical methods?
Cures based on facts and evidence. The Egyptian
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What were the Egyptian doctors said to be inbertween?
The witch doctors of pre history and the Greek philosophers
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Who is the Egyptian God of healing? What profession did that God have?
Imhotep. Doctor
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4 progressive things the Egyptians did in terms of the development of medicine
Mummification and embalming led to good anatomical knowledge and banadage skills. Priests turned into doctors. Cleanliness was important. Step towards ration thinking with channel theory
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4 regressive things that Egyptians did in terms of the development of medicine
Religion hindered medicine - every body has to be preserved. Doctors were priests who still believed in God. Cleanliness was only done for religious reasons. Some charms and remedies were very harmful and unhealthy
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2 examples of supernatural practices in Egyptian medicine
Bathe in scared water. Herb smells supposed to ward off evil spirits
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How did the Nile help the development of medicine? (other than the channel theory)
Trade was possible with other countries. Different remedies and knowledge could be traded
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Explain how religion hindered medical progress in Egyptian medicine
Because the doctors were not allowed to inspect the body or take the body because of mummification. Also religion stated the heart was the most important part of the body and they believed that everything started from + worked because of the heart
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