The lamp of medicine of Ancient Egypt is still burning

Ghazwan Butrous, Bradley Maron, Magdi Yacoub


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In the land of Ancient Egypt, where the Pharaonic civilization flourished, one can encounter sophisticated methods of treating human illnesses. The Ancient Egyptians considered a disease and its treatment as a part of the divine intervention . The Biblical text of the Passover story tells that the divine can send a series of ten plagues, most are diseases that affected various aged groups (Exodus 7:8-12:30; Psalm 77:42-51; 104:26-36). Not only were surgery and medicine practiced with care some 5000 years ago; the Pharaonic public health systems were innovative, providing water and removing waste in many places.

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