Early Civilizations: Prehistoric Times to 500 C.E. by Kate Kelly (Loose-leaf, 2009)
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- DescriptionThe story of early medicine is one of magic and sorcery, religion and prayers, shamans and surgeons, and ingenuity and experimentation. All manner of successes and failures also dot the backdrop of early medicine. The health challenges of the time were many, ranging from near-fatal accidents to a wide variety of mysterious illnesses. Despite very little understanding of how the body worked or why people became sick, primitive people still devised successful methods to help heal the ill and injured. Early Civilizations focuses on the story of the ancient people and their approach to medicine, but the information presented in this new volume is by means limited to discoveries made long ago. Today's scientists, archaeologists, and paleopathologists have learned the value of applying the latest techlogical developments to examine prehistoric finds. Electron microscopes are used to identify the scrapings from ancient shards of pottery to reveal what people ate, and computed tomography techniques (CT scans) are employed to examine mummies in order to better comprehend the illnesses from which the Egyptians suffered. As a result, there is a high level of excitement among professionals today as they gain greater understanding of the diet, health issues, illnesses, and injuries of ancient people. As new clues are found, or new techlogy is created that allows scientists to better evaluate old clues, theories of how early people lived and what they suffered through are revised. Chapters of this title include: Paleopathology - the Study of Disease in Prehistoric Times; What the Mummies Reveal; Indian Influence on Medicine; the Origins of Chinese Medicine; the Ancient Greeks and What They Learned; Hippocrates and the Importance of Medical Observation and Documentation; Galen - the Physician Whose Theories Dominated Medicine for 1,500 Years; and, Medical Progress During the Roman Empire.
- Author BiographyKate Kelly specializes in science, history, and medicine. She is the author of more than 30 books, including That's Not in My Science Book!, a layperson's guide to complex scientific concepts. Her recent medical collaborations have been on heart disease, macular degeneration, and allergies and asthma. She also speaks regularly at middle and high schools about the history of the American ballot box.
- Author(s)Kate Kelly
- PublisherFacts On File Inc
- Date of Publication15/08/2009
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleHistory of Medicine
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFacts On File Inc
- Content Notefull-colour photographs & line illustrations, index, glossary, chronology, sidebars, print & web resources, tables & charts
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLoose leaf - sheets & binder
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