Monday, May 17, 2010

Guess What? The Egyptians Discovered Neuroscience


(Photo via The Guardian via Phillips Healthcare and University/PA)

Although the culture is most known today for pyramids and mummification, Ancient Egypt had a long-standing medical tradition, and even documented cases of treating brain and spinal damage.

27 of the cases documented in the Edwin Smith papyrus are head injuries, and 6 are spinal injuries. Each of them is investigated rationally and deductively, with only one of the 48 cases being treated with magic. Although ancient civilizations are generally regarded as primitive, the Smith papyrus demonstrates that the ancient Egyptians had highly advanced knowledge of medicine.

Read the Smith Papyrus for yourself.

(via Mindhacks)

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