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Egyptian public health

Source analysis - prevention of disease

To protect a son against disease:

I have made a charm for my child which will protect him against you, oh evil spirits! This charm is made from evil-smelling herbs and from garlic which is harmful to you, from honey which is sweet to people and horrible to spirits, from a fish tail and a rag and a backbone of a perch.

'Papyrus Berlin', c.1800BC

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