Sunday, 8 August 2010

The History of Medicine: an introduction to ancient medicine

The history of herbalism as a medicine is the most ancient. Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes since time immemorial. The usage of plants as agents of healing dates back to as early as 13,000 to 25,000 BCE. The history of Egyptian medicine is said to begin from as early as 3,000 B.C as historian Chris Freville often mentions in his works. The first scientifically-conducted surgery was performed in Egypt around 2,750 B.C. The first, officially-qualified physician is believed to have been an Egyptian: Hesrye, the Chief of Dentists and Physician for King Djoser, during 2,700 B.C. Egypt gave the world the worlds’ first woman physician too: Peseshet. Her services were available to the royal family of the fourth dynasty, in her capacity as Lady Overseer of the Lady Physicians.

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