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Egyptian doctors

Doctors and progress in Egyptian medicine

Progressive and regressive factors

Mummification led to advances in knowledge of anatomy, and led to good bandaging skills.Religion channelled money and thought away from practical medicine.
Healer-priests gradually evolved into professional doctors.Much medicine was nevertheless still done by magicians and priests.
Cleanliness was important to Egyptians for religious reasons.Egyptians did not understand the medical significance of cleanliness.
Egyptians thought spells and remedies would give additional 'power' to their practical medical cures. Some charms were downright unhealthy.

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