Medicine and Physicians in Ancient Egypt

1485 [CRN: 16536]

The course explores medical practices and beliefs, including healing magic, in ancient Egypt, from the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the end of the Roman period, drawing evidence from both ancient texts (in translation) and archaeological sources. In addition to surveying ancient Egyptian medical practices, the course investigates the social world of the physicians and their patients, and their views on their bodies and illnesses. Topics surveyed include medical handbooks and recipes, physicians’ equipment and training, gods, demons and disease, pregnancy and childbirth, veterinary medicine, the health effects of the ancient Egyptian diet, and later myths about Egyptian medical knowledge. DPLL WRIT
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