Excerpt from The Physicians of Myddvai Most of the nations of antiquity pretended to derive the medical art immediately from their gods. It does t appear, however, that the Cymry went so far as to claim for it a divine origin, except in regard to its elementary principles, though the practice of it was confined to the priesthood. In this latter respect also they differed from many old and power ful races. The most ancient physicians we read of in history were those who embalmed the patriarch Jacob by order of his son J oseph.* Moses styles these physicians servants to Joseph, whence we are sure they were t priests, for in that age the Egyptian priests were in such high favour, that they retained their liberty, when, through a public calamity, all the rest of the people became slaves to the king. In Egypt, then, religion and medicine were t combined to gether. That the Jewish physicians as a class were absolutely distinct from the priests, is also very cer tain; for when king Asa was diseased in his feet, he sought t to 'the Lord, but to the physicians? It would appear that such, likewise, was the case with the heathens, who dwelt near the Jews, as may be inferred from what is recorded of Ahaziah, king of Judah when he sent messengers to enquire of Baal zebub, god of Ekron, concerning his disease, he did t desire any remedy from him or his priest, but only to kw whether he should recover or t. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.