Reproduction concepts and practices in ancient Egypt mirrored by modern medicine

Ronit Haimov-Kochman, Yael Sciaky-Tamir, Arye Hurwitz

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Abstract

The treasured ancient papyri provide a glimpse into understanding of common concepts and practices in ancient Egypt. The Kahun gynecological papyrus and other texts unveil the traditions of reproduction, conception and delivery. This article addresses the rationale of beliefs and practices of that era. Frequently, the reason for common traditions exercised at the time is based on medical knowledge of female anatomy and physiology during pregnancy. Surprisingly some of the remedies commonly used in ancient Egypt were recently explored and found intriguing. This paper was aimed to look at the reflection of archaic practices and concepts of ancient Egypt by the modern mirror of evidence-based medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume123
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Birth
  • Conception
  • Contraception
  • Reproduction

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