Presents a chronological account of medical development from prehistoric times to the sixth century C.E., including the healing methods of ancient civilizations in Greece, Rome, India, China, and Egypt.
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Early Civilizations focuses on the story of the ancient people and their approach to medicine. Chapters include: Paleopathology: the Study of Disease in Prehistoric Times; What the Mummies Reveal; Indian Influence on Medicine; The Origins of Chinese Medicine; The Ancient Greeks and What They Learned; Hippocrates and the Importance of Medical Observation and Documentation Galen: the Physician Whose Theories Dominated Medicine for 1,500 Years; Medical Progress During the Roman Empire.
Did you know . . . Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about medicine. The ancient Indians performed plastic surgery. The ancient Romans operated on people's eyes. People in many ancient cultures wrote medical textbooks. What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient doctors use? Which of their remedies worked and which ones didn't? And how did ancient medicine set the stage for our own modern medical technology? Learn more in Ancient Medical Technology.
Did you know . . . Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned to make more complicated machines. People in the ancient Middle East devised wheels and pulleys. The ancient Chinese created wheelbarrows and bellows. The ancient Greeks built big war machines. What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient craftspeople use? Which methods worked and which didn't? And how did ancient machines set the stage for our own modern machines? Learn more in Ancient Machine Technology.
Did you know . . . Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about transportation. The ancient Indians trained elephants and horses for travel. The ancient Chinese developed the first compasses. The ancient Greeks built massive battleships. So what kinds of tools and techniques did ancient people use? How did maps of the world improve over time? And how did ancient transportation set the stage for our own modern transportation technology? Learn more in Ancient Transportation Technology.
Did you know . . . People in the ancient Middle East made clay roofing tiles. The ancient Egyptians moved thousands of stones into place to build giant pyramids. The ancient Chinese built a wall across northern China. The ancient Romans created massive arched roofs, long bridges, strong roads, and systems for moving water. What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient builders use? Which of their buildings and monuments are still standing? And how did ancient construction set the stage for our own modern building technology?
The magnificent heritage of the Romans-from temples, theaters, and aqueducts to laws, myths, and gods-is waiting for readers. This book celebrates the many great achievements of the Romans-not only the wealth of superb architecture, myths, and literature they bequeathed to us, but also their long-lasting impact on Western civilization through their development of government and law.
Greek and Roman mythology has fascinated people for more than two millennia, and its influence on cultures throughout Europe, America, North Africa, and the Middle East attests to the universal appeal of the stories. This title examines the best-known figures of Greek and Roman mythology together with the great works of classic literature.