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    DescriptionAt the temple of Kom Ombo near Aswan, an enigmatic frieze depicts the deified pharaoh Imhotep receiving a set of elaborate implements, some of which strikingly resemble modern surgical instruments: side by side with eye-of-Horus amulets one finds what surely must be forceps. Evidence of the medical practice of ancient Egypt has come down to us not only in pictorial art but also in papyrus scrolls, in funerary inscriptions, and in the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptians themselves. Bruno Halioua and Bernard Ziskind provide a comprehensive account of pharaonic medicine that is illuminated by what modern science has discovered about the lives (and deaths) of people from all walks of life - farmers, fishermen, miners, soldiers, scribes and priests, embalmers, construction workers, bakers, prostitutes. From mummies and medical papyri we are able to recognize the aches of osteoarthritis, imagine the occupational hazards faced by press-ganged stonemasons, and learn of the gynecological complaints of courtesans. In presenting these stories Halioua and Ziskind throw light on some of the most enduring questions about life and death in antiquity: about physicians whose skills predate Hippocrates by twenty-five centuries and were first made famous by Homer, about the remedies and techniques they employed, at once strange and strangely familiar, about the men, women, and children they treated, and about the diseases and injuries they were called upon to heal.

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    Medicine in the Days of the Pharaohs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruno Halioua, By (author) Bernard Ziskind, Foreword by Donald B. Redford, Translated by M. B. Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674017023
    ISBN 10: 0674017021

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
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    DC22: 610.932
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 610/.932
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    LC classification: R137 .H3413 2005
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: R137.H3413
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    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    15 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Review quote
    Bruno Halioua and Bernard Ziskind's book fits into a long and fruitful tradition of writings on the more specialist aspects of ancient Egyptian culture written by non-Egyptologists who nevertheless have a strong interest in Egypt (e.g. dentists writing about Egyptian teeth, carpenters on Egyptian furniture-making, engineers on ancient construction techniques, etc.). The authors set out to synthesize our existing knowledge and ideas on the subject of Pharaonic medicine, and the result is a book that is well researched, accessible, and an interesting read.--Ian Shaw, University of Liverpool, editor of "The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt"