The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead

Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt

eBook - 2004
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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.
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill : Styx, 2004.
ISBN: 9004123911
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 236 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Schwabe, Calvin W.
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Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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