The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Author(s): 
Allen, James P.
Author(s): 
Mininberg, David T.
Author(s): 
Allen, Susan J.
Author(s): 
Patch, Diana Craig
ISBN: 
0300107285
Date published: 
November 2005
Paperback
Price: 
£10.95
Pages: 
112

The prevention and cure of disease and the treatment of injuries were major concerns in ancient Egypt. Poorly understood in Egyptian society, illness informed much of their art. Featuring works from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, this fascinating book examines this relatively unexplored aspect of Egyptian art. It includes two introductory essays on Egyptian medicine, descriptions and photographs of sixty-four objects, and the first colour reproduction of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in its entirety, accompanied by a full translation. One of the world’s oldest scientific documents, the fifteen-foot-long Smith papyrus (now housed in the New York Academy of Medicine), discusses both practical and magical treatments of wounds and other maladies.