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The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt (Metropolitan Museum of Art) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

James Allen , David T. Mininberg

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2. September 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art
The prevention and cure of disease and the treatment of injuries were major concerns in ancient Egypt. Poorly understood in Egyptian society, illness informed much of their art. Featuring works from the Metropolitan Museum's collection, this fascinating book examines this relatively unexplored aspect of Egyptian art. It includes two introductory essays on Egyptian medicine, descriptions and photographs of sixty-four objects, and the first colour reproduction of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in its entirety, accompanied by a full translation. One of the world's oldest scientific documents, the fifteen-foot-long Smith papyrus (now housed in the New York Academy of Medicine), discusses both practical and magical treatments of wounds and other maladies. Exhibition schedule: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 12 September 2005 to 15 January 2006.

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The prevention and cure of disease and the treatment of injuries were major concerns in ancient Egypt. Poorly understood in Egyptian society, illness informed much of their art. Featuring works from the Metropolitan Museum's collection, this fascinating book examines this relatively unexplored aspect of Egyptian art. It includes two introductory essays on Egyptian medicine, descriptions and photographs of sixty-four objects, and the first colour reproduction of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in its entirety, accompanied by a full translation. One of the world's oldest scientific documents, the fifteen-foot-long Smith papyrus (now housed in the New York Academy of Medicine), discusses both practical and magical treatments of wounds and other maladies. Exhibition schedule: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 12 September 2005 to 15 January 2006.

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James P. Allen, Susan J. Allen and Diana Craig Patch are in the Department of Egyptian Art, and David T. Mininberg, M.D., is associated with the Department of Egyptian Art, all at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Union of Science and Art 19. April 2006
Von Grady Harp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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One of the more interesting and important exhibitions from the Metropolitan Museum is richly illustrated in this catalogue from THE ART OF MEDICINE IN ANCIENT EGYPT. The exhibition was organized to highlight many of the artifacts owned by the museum, works that show the very close relationship between the practice of medicine and the need for artifacts to represent science.

The Egyptian obsession with death and the afterlife is well known: the secrets of preservation of bodies as mummies and the intricate, complex manner in which the tombs were created and decorated have long mesmerized us. But in this fine catalogue it is demonstrated how the 'art of medicine' as we use the term (meaning the sensitive manner in which healing and succor are delivered) is not the only manner in which the Egyptians employed the concept. Ritual and art objects were an important part of the delivery of healing, preservation and restoration of health. Included in the catalogue are some sixty images of art: pomegranate jars, a statue of Yumy, a bowl with human feet, Isis nursing horus, a portrait of a mummy, the Metternich Stela, and the sole borrowed piece for the exhibition - the Edwin Smith Papyrus (with translation) which is one of the oldest documents of ancient medical arts.

The contributing essays are well written, easily digestible, and serve to enhance the appreciation of the art illustrated. They emphasize the Egyptian preoccupation with understanding the world of this life as well as the afterlife. The medicine aspects of the exhibition contain both scientific and magical solutions to healing and repairing. This book is one that should appeal to those fascinated by Egypt, by the history of medicine, and by the ritualistic art that accompanies the cultures of the universe in both past and present times. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 06
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt 28. Februar 2006
Von A. Wasila - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A good ressource for those interested in the history of medicine or egyptology . Some of the items are rarely seen in catalogues and the Smith papyrus transcription and translation is helpful in understanding one particular aspect of understanding ancient Egyptian medicine (the scarcity of transcripted and translated papyri might make this purchase worthwile for that reason alone)

That being said for the experienced armchair egyptologist many of the items presented here will be familiar , and in most cases the explanations while informative for the newcomer will be well known to the enthusiast

The introductory essay is vanilla as well , not substantially squaring the circle but instead stating the importance of the contribution the ancient Egyptians made to medical understanding then and now .

However , the medical annotations that dot the Smith papyrus can be helpful in assessing the competence of Egyptian physicians or elucidate problems of comprehension that may arise from reading the translation

Overall this is a solid purchase, though not an essential one . It might make a good diving-board into egyptology however as the explanations are clear and concise
5.0 von 5 Sternen The print quality is good enough to read some of the glyphs 9. Juli 2014
Von Jesse Baker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Anything on Egypt from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is essential for the amateur student. This brief volume is an exhibition catalog from 2005. It features a reproduction on color plates of Papyrus Edwin Smith, a New Kingdom medical didactic that took an almost modern format in presenting 48 case histories for physicians treating head wounds--and a remedy for hemorrhoids at the end! Translations by Allen, of texts which appeared on stelae and statuary as well as papyrus, allowing Egyptian healers to speak for themselves. The print quality is good enough to read some of the glyphs, although only Edwin Smith (in Hieratic) is completely imaged.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful book! 24. Juni 2014
Von Iconoclast - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As one might expect from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the design, layout, photography, and editing are really excellent. I enjoyed the book and even though I ordered about 30 books on Egyptian medicine and astronomy at about the same time, this is the one I could not put down. This said, those buying such books probably have different motivations for doing so. I was trying to get a "feel" for a culture that spanned thousands of years. If one is visual, the art collection might have provided that feel, but the translations of text were very academic and dry. I am not an Egyptologist and have little with which to compare this book, but the translations felt lifeless. I also began to question what is called "magic" because there is no inference that anything we would really call "magic" was used. There were petitions to divine beings to intervene on behalf of loved ones. I would have called these invocations for divine assistance "prayer" rather than "magic"; and this makes the behavior more recognizable in today's world and less shall we say superstitious.

I had only read about the Edwin Papyrus before, never seen it. The way the text and translation were put on facing pages was fascinating, but the text itself is only of historic interest. As someone in the healing arts, I would imagine this papyrus was used as a textbook because the "cases" did not really appear to be case histories so much as instructions. If they had, in fact, been case histories, I would have expected some follow up testifying to benefits of the treatment. The organization of the cases from relatively simple to more and more complex and from head to neck and so on truly suggest that the book was used for teaching purposes, and the only pity is that some of the minerals and herbs were evidently not recognized by the translator so we are left wondering about many details.
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