By Carole Reeves
A concise background of the advance and perform of Egyptian drugs and its similar topics. It examines the pictures that are carved and painted at the partitions of tombs, represented in statues, within the hieroglyphs and within the papyri and provides and rationalization of the categories of illustration which express visible illness and deformity. the applying of contemporary medical methodlogy to palaeopathology and palaeopidemiology has given Egyptologists and scientific historians a better knowing of the interplay among human ailment and the modern atmosphere. an outline of recent medical reviews is integrated in addition to particular case reports detailing facts of ailment. The Egyptians knew and used at the very least one-third of all of the medicinal crops indexed in glossy pharmacopoeias and the ingredients and efficacy of the pharmacists' treatments are tested. a quick assessment of the clinical papyri and scientific inscriptions is integrated. those offer additional poignant insights into the Egyptian clinical practioner's realizing of anatomy and body structure.
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Polydactyly: the presence of more than the normal number of fingers or toes. Prolapse: the sinking down or protrusion of a part of the body or organ. Pseudohermaphroditism: a congenital condition in which the gonads are either testes or ovaries but the external genitals are either characteristic of the opposite sex or a mixture of both male and female. Psoas muscle: the long muscle which flexes the hip joint, extending from the lumbar vertebrae to the femur. Rickets: a disturbance of the calcium/phosphorus metabolism in the growing child as a result of vitamin D deficiency.
Osteochondroma: a tumour composed of both bony and cartilaginous tissues. Osteomyelitis: inflammation of the interior of a bone, especially affecting the marrow spaces. Osteoporosis: rarefaction of bone. Osteosarcoma: a malignant tumour of bone cells. Pathogenesis: the mode of origin and development of diseased conditions. Periodontal disease: inflammation and eventual erosion of the structures surrounding a tooth. Periostitis: inflammation of the periosteum (the connective tissue covering of bone).
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Egyptian Medicine by Carole Reeves