Extreme Web Surfs!
Monday, April 12, 2004
There are few more fascinating subjects than the history of how we have dealt with our messy, oozing, mortal and recalcitrant bodies. Every culture has had to develop, alongside their ethereal theories about the meaning and poetry of life, strategies to deal with broken heads, leaky plumbing and bad digestion. Let's take a look back..
More on Trephination
Ancient Egypt has left a wealth of material on medical practices..
A 3500 year old amputation
Menstruation and other Women's Medical Concerns in Ancient Egypt
The Edwin Smith Papyrus - complete, online. Oldest medical text extant!
Medicine in Ancient Mesopatamia and Iran
Ancient Indian Plastic Surgery
Decircumcision- Ancient techniques; Schultheiss article; Hodges Article
..and finally, although not really ancient, I need to post this somewhere: the evolution of the toothbrush (from a mechanical engineering perspective!)
Medicine can only cure curable diseases, and then not always.