Secrets of the Pharaohs’ Physicians Revealed

Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 08 2005

Forbes

By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) — A doctor is called to the house of a young man with a severe wound on his cheek. The flesh is split open, red and inflamed.

After assessing the damage, the doctor applies a special enzymatic cleanser to the affected area, then covers it in a bandage soaked in an antibacterial compound, to reduce the risk of infection. Chances are, the man will make a complete recovery.

While this course of treatment may sound modern, the doctor in question lived and practiced almost 4,000 years ago, in an ancient Egypt where skilled medicine worked hand-in-hand with magic potions and incantations to the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet.

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