Imhotep performed surgeries 2500 years before hipocrates the so called ‘father of medicine’

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Imhotep was an important figure in Ancient Egyptian medicine. He was the author of a medical treatise remarkable for being devoid of magical thinking: the so-called Edwin Smith papyrus containing anatomical observations, ailments, and cures.
The surviving copy of the papyrus was probably written around 1700 BC but may be a copy of texts written a thousand years earlier. However, this attribution of authorship is speculative. Today the Papyrus is on display at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York City. The 48 medical cases described within the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus concern:

  • 27 head injuries (cases #1-27)
  • 6 throat and neck injuries (cases #28-33)
  • 2 injuries to the clavicle (collarbone) (cases #34-35)
  • 3 injuries to the arm (cases #36-38)
  • 8 injuries to the sternum (breastbone) and ribs (cases #39-44)
  • 1 tumour and 1 abscess of the breast (cases #45-46)
  • 1 injury to the shoulder (case #47)
  • 1 injury to the…

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