Talk:Ancient Egyptian medicine
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I like this topic, and I plan to clean up the article. I've pushed down the old version under General Overview and I plan to write better versions on the various topics in their own sections, and then delete them from the general section. Eventually I'll cover everything in the general section and delete it. I'd be happy for any help. MickWest 23:55, 10 September 2005 (UTC)
"History of swnw"
- "The ancient Egyptian word for doctor is swnw. There is a long history of swnw in ancient Egypt."
Is that a history of the profession or history of the word? -Pgan002 05:45, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
Pronunciation of "swnw"
How is the word pronounced? -Pgan002 05:46, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
- All Egyptian pronunciation is assumed, there were no native speakers of Ancient Egyptian since the Rosetta Stone was discovered. But sunu (soo-noo) is what would be assumed. KV(Talk) 17:26, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
Someone may like to read this... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1320507/Cancer-purely-man-say-scientists-finding-trace-disease-Egyptian-mummies.html Merlin-UK (talk) 04:54, 15 October 2010 (UTC) and another source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8064554/Cancer-caused-by-modern-man-as-it-was-virtually-non-existent-in-ancient-world.html Merlin-UK (talk) 05:23, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Earliest known physician
Anon IP request
- Add some examples of the medicines used in the ancient egypt.
Review/update of References completed.
Hey folks! Just finished a complete review of all 32 references on this article. Dead links have been investigated and all of them have been restored. Cryptic references to books were tracked down. ISBN's added. Publishers of websites identified. Duplicate sources have been consolidated, as far as possible. Everything has been converted into Help:Citation Style 1.
The results are as follows: 13 books (2 are self-published, 4 are over 80 years old), 1 peer-reviewed journal, 1 foreign language journal, 1 conference proceedings, 2 news websites, 1 magazine, 1 encyclopedia, and 9 websites, for a total of 29 unique sources. There are 3 additional references to websites that have been previously cited on the page, making for the total of 32. I understand there's no simple way to combine these near duplicates.
Overall, the refs seem to be pretty good, though there are some that can be improved. Given how cryptic some of them were, and a few naked URL dead links, it had been rather difficult to really go over the refs and try to improve them. Now that all of them have been fully researched and have live links, this would be a good time to do just that.
The four non-current books are all translations of ancient manuscripts. While you may not think this may matter ... certainly the manuscripts haven't changed ... but what has changed in the last century is our understanding of ancient Egyptian, and Egyptology in general. Some of the first Egyptologists were known to have made some bad assumptions and told some rather fantastic stories, not supported by the evidence. Also, archaeological discoveries are being made all the time, and sometimes, the find of a papyrus fragment can make a major change in our understanding of a text. So it is good to rely only on the latest translations available. Other than that, things look pretty good.
Homer and Herodotus
Neither suggested the Egyptians invented medicine. I can find no reliable source for Homer - none of the sources give an actual citation or are Homeric scholars. As for Herodotus, the same problem except I could find a reliably published source stating that "In view of Herodotus' general tendency, it appears strange that while repeatedly praising Egyptian medicine he does not say that it was borrowed by the Greeks. The Egyptians are the healthiest people in the world, with the exception of the Libyans. They live healthily (II, 77) and their medicine is at such a high level that the whole country is full of doctors, each specializing in a par ticular kind of ailment, for example, ocular, dental, internal, etc. (II, 84). Never theless, neither in book II nor in the passage about Greek physicians (III, 125, 129137) is there any hint that medicine originated in Egypt." But see this comment on Pliny. Doug Weller talk 10:53, 17 August 2016 (UTC)