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Healer of the pharaohs: History’s first woman doctor

Matthew Turner Washington, US   Fragment of a queen’s face. Yellow jasper statue fragment from the Egyptian New Kingdom, c. 1390–1336 BC. Met Museum. Via Wikimedia. Public domain. Some 4500 years ago, as the great pyramids rose above the desert sands of Egypt, there lived a remarkable woman. Her name was Peseshet, and she is humanity’s […]

Medicine in the afterlife – The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Maureen Hirthler Bradenton, Florida, United States   “And therefore shall I neither be borne away, nor carried by force to the East to take part in the festivals of the fiends; nor shall there be given unto me cruel gashes with knives, nor shall I be shut in on every side, nor gored by the […]

The el-Lahun gynecological papyrus

Chinmoy K. Bose  Kolkata, India   Twelfth Dynasty gynaecological papyrus found at el-Lahun The Kahun Gynecological Papyrus (Twelfth Dynasty 1800 BC)1-3 is the oldest available medical record of Egyptian civilization, a three page document one meter long and about thirty-three cm wide that deals with gynecological diseases, fertility, pregnancy, and contraception. The name Amenemhet III […]