The Egyptians

Dr Geoff Bunn reveals that Ancient Egyptians rarely trepanned, even though their Secret Book of the Physician, of the oldest medical texts in the world and believed to have been written by Imhotep, shows that they recognised how damage to the brain can paralyze limbs on opposite sides of the body. Believing the heart to be the core organ, they discarded the brain altogether at death, since it had no part to play in the afterlife.

Release date: 04 Nov 2011

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