Medicine of Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians suffered from many diseases, just as modern people do. Therefore, they experienced a wide variety of medical treatments that appear to be shocking in some way in the contemporary world. To my mind, the most impressive thing Egyptians did medically was dentistry. They implemented many remedies, including cumin and onion, and they even could drill holes to drain the abscess (Brazier, 2018). Moreover, doctors’ ability to fix broken bones utilizing different instruments is quite fascinating, because the old civilizations did not have any education.
What shocked me the most is how the ancient Egyptians defined whether the woman was fertile and pregnant. They would place onion into a woman’s vagina to determine fertility. Moreover, as a pregnancy test, they would use some specific plants doused in woman’s urine. These tests seem weird to me, and I do not think they revealed the actual results. Furthermore, I was positively astonished by the Egyptian implementation of magic spells, and it seems as if they worked. They had many gods standing for the protection from diverse ailments that were supposed to heal a person. These religious rituals and spells were probably placebo, but they instilled a sense of belief in an ill person.
I think nothing is surprising about ancient Egypt medicine, and it was a common thing to resort to magic and mighty gods centuries ago. Therefore, it can be stated that they were on track using different instruments, mixtures, plants, and other medical treatments to provide a cure. However, despite their attempt to investigate a human body, their knowledge was still limited because they did not have credible sources and did not know multiple diseases.
Brazier, Y. (2018). What was ancient Egyptian medicine like? Medical News Today.