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Quick and the Dead? Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt (Andrew H Gordon Calvin W Schwabe) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2004) 9789004123915
Quick and the Dead? Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt (Andrew H Gordon Calvin W Schwabe) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2004) 9789004123915
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Title: The Quick and the Dead? Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt

Author: Gordon, Andrew H Calvin W Schwabe

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004123915

Volumes: 1; Pages: xxii , 242

List Price in Cloth: $129.00 Our price: $109.99

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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.
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