Wound Care in Ancient Egypt

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Wound Care in Ancient Egypt

Bericht door Nofret » za 05 jul 2014, 12:04

It’s easy to overlook just how far wound care has advanced in recent history, especially compared to treatment tactics applied back in the day. From magic spells to maggots, various forms of wound therapy have been administered since the dawn of mankind, but while many myths of injury remedies have been debunked over time, there is still one civilization that many credit as the pioneers in wound care advancement.

The ancient Egyptians and their culture are considered to be extremely advanced for their time on a number of areas, ranging from architecture and agriculture to economic development. Take the word of Homer, one of the most famous writers in the history of the world, who once wrote in his landmark book, “Odyssey”, that, “In Egypt, the men are more skilled in Medicine than any of humankind.” Some of their wound healing practices are still used to this day, only intensifying their medicinal legacy. Here are a few techniques the ancient Egyptians applied during their time and the ways they influenced how we treat injuries now.

Origins of treatment

The origins of civilization in Egypt can be traced all the way back to around 3150 B.C. Human anatomy and medicinal study were always held to the highest regard by the people of Egypt, and the occupation of a “swnw”, which is roughly translated into physician, was considered vastly important to the pharaohs and other members of Egyptian hierarchy. One of the most influential and acclaimed physicians of ancient Egypt was Imhotep, who served as chancellor to the pharaoh and is widely considered the first official physician in the world. His wound treatment achievements are outlined in a manifesto called the “Edwin Smith Papyrus”, which is a medical text that details wound care practices including how to repair bone fractures, remedial procedures to close open wounds and how to extract medicine from various plants.
Practices

Surgery was a common method of treatment in ancient Egypt for those who were identified as needing it. Some of the oldest surgical tools known to man have been discovered in various Egyptian tombs, including knives, hooks, drills, saws and scales. The Egyptians were also extremely interested in learning and preserving bodies after death, as evident in their obsession with mummification and autopsies. As archeologists have noted, mummified bodies that have been uncovered in tombs are often found to have their brains missing – Egyptians were somehow able to figure out how to efficiently remove the brain through the nostrils using a long hooked instrument. Autopsy practices were also able to help Egyptian physicians understand not only the official locations of vital organs, but their general roles within the body. For instance, ancient texts have revealed that Egyptians identified that blood was used as a transport system inside humans for distributing vital nutrients and removing unwanted waste, which isn’t too far off from its role of carrying oxygen to cells and dispensing carbon dioxide.
Techniques still used today

While many historians consider the medicinal efforts of Egyptian physicians as more incredible for their estimations – given the time period – rather than their accuracy, there are still a few wound healing practices used today that were first established by the civilization thousands of years ago. For example, honey was a common remedy for adhering to open wounds for the Egyptian doctors and today it is still used as an adhesive for wound dressings due to its abundance of hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria. Also, the use of moldy bread to relieve wound infection is considered to be one of the first and rawest forms of antibiotic usage to combat disease.

How the Egyptians managed to establish such a wide variety of medical procedures and techniques is just as much of a mystery as how the Great Pyramids are aligned so perfectly, but no one can deny how intricate and intelligent these people were and how their tactics forever changed the landscape of wound care.

Bron:
http://www.advancedtissue.com/wound-care-ancient-egypt/
http://ancientegyptianmonuments.blogspot.nl/



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Bericht door Anna » zo 06 jul 2014, 18:34

Soms brandden ze wonden dicht met een gloeiend heet mes. Ze zullen er geen idee van hebben gehad dat deze nogal heftige methode ook meteen alle bacteriën doodde.

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Bericht door Thoetmosis XII » zo 06 jul 2014, 18:50

Soms brandden ze wonden dicht met een gloeiend heet mes
Dat moet een pijnlijke aangelegenheid zijn geweest *26
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Bericht door scarabee » zo 06 jul 2014, 20:34

Ja dat is zo, ik heb dat zelfs nog eens in een boek beschreven, weet niet meer welke: 1e of 2e...
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Bericht door Horus » ma 07 jul 2014, 20:49

uiensap werd ook wel gebruikt tegen wonden geloof ik.
Zoals een eenvoudig gewaad het beste een mooie vrouw siert, zo is fatsoenlijk gedrag de beste versiering van innerlijke wijsheid.
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Bericht door scarabee » di 08 jul 2014, 18:16

En....water, dat ze eerst over een beeld van een god of priester spoelden (goed over de spreuken laten lopen) en het weer opvingen
en dan de wond er mee schoon maakten! Succes gegarandeerd! *25
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Bericht door Thoetmosis XII » di 08 jul 2014, 20:50

Voor het genezen van de wond zal het geen reet uit hebben gehaald, maar zulke dingen zullen denk ik wel een beetje een placebowerking hebben.
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Bericht door scarabee » di 08 jul 2014, 21:22

Nee ik denk ook niet dat het een 'reet' uit heeft gemaakt, maar als je er in gelooft helpt het altijd wel een beetje, toch? En zo'n beeld werd ook weer ff schoon... *07
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Re: Wound Care in Ancient Egypt

Bericht door Anna » wo 09 jul 2014, 10:43

In het stoffige Egypte geen overbodige luxe *04

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