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June 1964

Magic and Medical Science in Ancient Egypt.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):925. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120125055

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Paul Ghalioungui, MD (Cairo), MRCP (Lond), Senior Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, has written a vivid history of Egyptian medicine. An Egyptian by birth, education, and practice, he writes of present and past Egyptian medicine as only a clinician could write whose hobby was Egyptian archaeology and medical history. It has long been my conviction that the medical history of a nation should be written by a native. A practicing physician, Dr. Ghalioungui proves this contention. His book is unique in the number of comparisons between popular therapeutics actually practiced in Egypt today that are inherited directly from their ancestors, as treatments prescribed in hieroglyphic documents prove. Who else could accomplish such a task?

In support of my belief that archaeology remains the one possible new source of medical history, Dr. Ghalioungui writes as his concluding sentence,

Let us hope that this (Egyptian) soil, so

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