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The Quick and the Dead: Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt (Egyptological Memoirs,, nr. 4)

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This volume uses a cross-disciplinary approach to examine the origins of ancient Egyptian medicine in the domestication, care and sacrifice of cattle. Ritual cattle sacrifice in Egypt led to a rudimentary understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, which was then applied to humans. Two original theories developed from this comparative medicine: Life as movement, especially seen in the fasciolations of excised limbs, and the male's role in reproduction. Discussions include Egypt as a cattle culture, the "ka" as an animating force, "living flesh," the possible animal origins of the "ankh," "djed" and "was" hieroglyphs, the bull's foreleg and the Opening-of-the-Mouth ritual, Egypt's healing establishment, and veterinary medicine as it relates to the origin of human medicine.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9789004123915
ISBN-10: 9004123911
Pagini: 236
Dimensiuni: 166 x 246 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.74 kg
Editura: Brill Academic Publishers
Seria Egyptological Memoirs,


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All those interested in Egyptology, medical or veterinary history, comparative medicine, history of science and religion, man-animal relationships, medical and veterinary anthropology (ethnoarchaeology & northeastern Africa)

Notă biografică

Andrew H. Gordon, Ph.D. in Egyptology, University of California at Berkeley (1983), M.S. in Paleontology, University of Rochester (1970), has published on Egyptian archaeology, history, lexicography and religion. Calvin W. Schwabe, D.M.V. (1954), Auburn University; M.P.H., Sc.D. (1956), Harvard University, is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and of Agricultural History. Among his publications are Veterinary Medicine and Human Health (Williams & Wilkins, 1984) and Cattle, Priests and Progress in Medicine (University of Minnesota, 1978).