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5/5/2014

Medicine and Magic Learn all about it!

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Table of Contents Intro and Medicine……………………………………………………….……………………………………………..... Pg. 2 Magic….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Pg. 3 Doctors and Conclusion……..………………..………………………………………………………………………… Pg. 4 Glossary……….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Pg. 5 Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Pg. 6

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Have you ever wanted to learn about ancient Egyptian medicine, magic, or doctors? Well, here is your chance! You can learn all about medicine, magic, and doctors in this article. You can learn new glossary words. You can learn fun facts. You can also learn about some medicine recipes that the ancient Egyptian doctors used.

Have you ever been sick in bed and wondered how the ancient Egyptians survived without our modern medicine? Nature and herbs were used a lot in both spells and medicine. Doctors used cucumbers to treat people. Juniper berries were put in the mummies of royalty and in the mummies of crocodiles. Doctors used crushed ostrich eggs for a fractured skull. Doctors used blood from a black calf to prevent your hair from turning gray. An illness of the eyes, called Ashoma, was cured using an animal’s liver. Doctors sometimes use that remedy – even today – because it worked so well! Henna was a dye for skin and hair, and they thought that henna warded off danger. A piece of paper with 700 medicine recipes is the oldest scroll found. The scroll is from 1,550 BC. Egyptians had medicine. Don’t you think that is interesting? I do!

How to treat a fractured skull in ancient Egypt: First find an ostrich bird. When you find it, then look for one of his or her eggs. When you have found an egg go somewhere safe, because the ostrich won’t be in the mood to lend you an egg or two. Now that you have gone to a safe place, crush your egg. Now put the crushed egg on your head around where you fractured you skull. That is how to treat a fractured skull in ancient Egypt.

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Bibbidi-bobiddi-boo! Ancient Egyptians didn’t only use medicine to cure people, they also used magic. Ancient Egyptians were the first people to use medicine and magic. If medicine didn’t work, then doctors used magic, instead. Doctors used magic to cure fevers. Garlic was used in magic and medicine. Garlic was also used to repel snakes. Adults and kids wore amulets, which protected them. Prayer Stela was a statue of a girl and a rock with prayers on it. A Prayer Stela was put in your house to drive away the evil spirits. Prayer Stela prays to Horus to protect the family from danger. People wore a wooden toe amulet so they would have steady walking. The amuletic wand had symbols of power. These wands were used to make a protective barrier from evil and danger. If someone was ill, that meant that evil spirits were in the body. Ancient Egyptians not only used medicine, they also used magic. I wish that I was a spell master!

Magic:

This is a picture of an amuletic wand.

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These are symbols of power.

These wands were used to make protective barriers from evil and danger.

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“Hello? Can I make an appointment with the doctor?” Ancient Egyptians had doctors to help cure their illnesses. Ancient Egyptians were very smart when it came to using medicine and magic, but didn’t know about bacteria or germs. If you were a doctor, than that meant that one of your parents was a doctor, one of your grandparents was a doctor, etc. Doctors had documents that told them how to do their work if someone had an illness or a disease. They also had three kinds of doctors: surgeon - healers, priest – doctors, and pure magicians. Doctors wrote prescriptions for ill people. Doctors knew that sleep could help cure your illness. Ancient Egyptian doctors thought that the heart did all the thinking, and the brain was useless. Ancient Egyptians had doctors to help cure their illnesses. Don’t you think that ancient Egyptian doctors were kind of modern? I do!

Doctors knew and didn’t know a lot of things. For example, doctors thought that the heart did all the thinking and the brain was useless, but now we know that that’s not true. Doctors also did not know about bacteria or germs. They did know that sleep could help cure your illness.

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I wish I was a spell and potion master. I had a lot of fun learning about this and I hope you liked my ancient Egypt piece and learned new things. Maybe you might be a doctor when you grow up, and cure people like the ancient Egyptians did.

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Glossary Amulet – A charm that warded off evil. Bacteria – Bacteria is like a germ that smells bad. It is also very small, like a germ. Disease – A disease is like an illness. Document – A document is a paper with information written on it. Henna – Henna is ground up and dried leaves from a plant. It is used to dye hair and skin. Henna is also used to protect against danger. Herb – An herb is a leafy plant that does not become woody (trees are not herbs). Juniper Berry – A juniper berry is a berry from the juniper plant. Ostrich – An ostrich bird is very big. They can’t fly and they have two toes on each foot. Prescription – A prescription is a direction on where to get the medicine, and how to use it. Remedy – A remedy is a cure for a sickness (like a medicine).

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Bibliography

Bibliography Dictionary.com. (2014). Retrieved from www.dictionary.reference.com/: www.dictionary.reference.com/ Fadl, A. (2001). Egyptian Medicine. Retrieved from www.aldokkan.com/: www.aldokan.com/ Genius, P. (2012). Ancient Egypt. New York City: Andrew Macintyre. Hart, G. (2008). Ancient Egypt. New York City: Sunita Gahir. Harvey, G. (2001). The Usborne Internet - linked Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York City: Scholastic Inc. Waryncia, L. (2006). If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt. New York City: Cricket Books.

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Claire