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Homer and Herodotus to Egyptian medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21657099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Egyptian medicine is the base of Greek medicine. Egyptian people and their medical knowledge are often mentioned in the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer (VIII sec. BCE). Many Greek doctors, such as Melampus, Asclepius as well as Hippocrates visited Egypt to study and understand medicine. This work intends to focus particularly on Homer, Herodotus and Plutarch's letters, where the importance of Egypt in religion, science and medicine is clear. Herodotus (484-420 BCE) in the second book of "The Histories" describes Egypt and the medical knowledge of its doctors. Plutarch (I-II sec CE) in "The virtues of Sparta" and "Life of Lycurgus", tells about an energy beverage, named nepenthe, made with drugs from Egypt.
Marco Rossi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae     Volume:  Suppl     ISSN:  1373-4857     ISO Abbreviation:  Vesalius     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-10     Completed Date:  2011-07-26     Revised Date:  2013-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9517855     Medline TA:  Vesalius     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-5     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Ospedale Regionale di Treviso.
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MeSH Terms
Greek World / history*
History, Ancient
Medicine, Traditional / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Homer; Herodotus; Plutarch

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