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1st Edition

A Spotlight on the History of Ancient Egyptian Medicine

ISBN 9780367280840
Published August 7, 2019 by CRC Press
214 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This unique volume provides the reader with an outline of ancient Egyptian civilization, history and culture. It reviews the ancient Egyptian understanding of human health and disease, medical and herbal treatments for various conditions based on primary sources found in ancient papyri. The reader will also gain an insight into the influence of ancient Egyptian medical knowledge on later civilizations including ancient Greek and Islamic scholars in the middle ages. There are two chapters that focus on the ancient Egyptian understanding and treatments of cardiovascular disease as well as a description of herbal medicines used by medical practitioners and pharmacologists.

Key Features:

  • Describes influence of ancient Egyptian medical and pharmaceutical knowledge of subsequent civilizations
  • Explores ancient Egyptian pharmacology and herbal medicine
  • Review of the most significant ancient Egyptian papyri documenting medical knowledge and practice
  • Concise overview of ancient Egyptian history, culture, medical knowledge
  • Summary of ancient Egyptian understanding of cardiovascular diseases and treatments

Table of Contents

The Egyptian Land; Why Study the History of Medicine?; Historical Review of Ancient Egypt; Outline of Egyptian History: The Diet, Hygiene, and Social Life; The Afterlife in Ancient Egyptian Beliefs; Methods of Embalming; Medicine, Religion, and Magic; Medicine and Religion in Ancient Egypt; Medicine and Magic in Pharaonic Egypt; Egyptian Medicine; Egyptian Medical Periods; Imhotep; Influence of Ancient Egyptian Medicine on Greek Medicine and Beyond; Hippocrates and Egyptian Medicine; The Egyptian Physicians and their Assistants; The Sources of the History of Ancient Egyptian Medicine: the Papyri; Ancient Egyptian Medical Sciences; Clinical Aspects of Cardiovascular Diseases (from Ebers Papyrus the Vascular Text); The Role Played by the Heart in Egyptian Thought; Paleopathology of Cardiovascular Disease and Pathogenesis with Analysis; Pathogenesis of Cardiovascular Disease in Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptian Pharmacology; Avicenna; Medicines used by Avicenna; Tribute to the Scribe; Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases.

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Dr. Ibrahim M. Eltorai completed his medical education at Cairo University in Egypt and then completed postgraduate training in Neurosurgery and Cardiovascular surgery at multiple European institutions. He joined the faculty of the school of medicine at Cairo University and became Professor of Surgery. He had nearly 150 publications in Egyptian and International medical journals. When he moved to the United States, he joined the Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Long Beach V.A. Medical Center, where he has worked for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2004.

Dr. Eltorai published numerous clinical articles in the field of Spinal Cord Injury and edited the book: "Emergencies in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Patients" and is the author of the book: "Rare Diseases and Syndromes of the Spinal Cord". He was a founding member and President of the American Paraplegia Society, as well as a Fellow of the International Spinal Cord Society. Dr. Eltorai’s research on evolution of SCI medicine resulted in a comprehensive library, which is currently located at the Palo Alto V.A. Medical Center.

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