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August 15, 1931

Egypt: The Home of the Occult Sciences, with Special Reference to Imhotep, the Mysterious Wise Man and Egyptian God of Medicine.

JAMA. 1931;97(7):487. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730070053048

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The great god Imhotep preceded the scientific Greek schools of medicine. He was essentially a magician. Hence this book on Egypt deals with magic, the use of signs and symbols and magical figures. The second chapter concerns magical ceremonies, and the concluding sections of the book include the practice of medicine among the ancient Egyptians and a special study of Imhotep. Reference is made to the Hearst, Berlin, Ebers and Edwin Smith papyri. There are numerous quotations from these documents. The author makes it clear that Imhotep was not in any sense of the word a medical scientist but wholly a magician and priest physician.

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