May 7, 2014

Medical history

Ancient Medical Technology: From Herbs to Scalpels
by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods

This is an interesting textbook to use when studying the ancient cultures of Egypt, India, China, the Americas, Greece, and Rome. Readers will discover surprising facts about ancient surgeries and medical treatments. For instance, ancient peoples have used marijuana for ailments since 3000 B.C., Egyptians performed minor surgeries (thus their expertise in mummification), Indians performed the first plastic surgeries and early immunizations, Native American healers were skilled in setting broken bones, and Roman surgical instruments were unearthed from the ruins of Pompeii.

Extensive backmatter, consisting of timeline, source notes, bibliography, reading list, websites, and index encourage kids towards further research.

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