The History Of Medicine From Long Ago

The use of plants for healing ailments depicted in cave paintings suggest that herbal medicine was practiced since prehistoric times. Using trail and error as a means of gaining experience, many tribal cultures had developed a database of medical knowledge that was used to cure many diseases. The earliest known surgery was performed in Egypt as far back as 2750 BC. Christopher Freville says that the Edwin Smith Papyrus sheds a lot of light on the level of advancement of Egyptian medicine. Although there was always a mix of the supernatural element with traditional Egyptian medicine, they were effectively used in the fields of public health, anatomy and clinical diagnostics.

The Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus dating back to 1800 BC details the diagnosis and treatment of women’s complaints which include problems with conception. By the 1st Dynasty of ancient Egypt, medical institutions known as �Houses of Life’ were established. Christopher Freville says that at the time of the 19th Dynasty, a few workers even enjoyed benefits such as pension, medical insurance and sick leave. Ancient Egypt is also known to have had the earliest known physician, Hesyre who was �Chief of Dentists and Physicians’ in 10 BC during the 27th Dynasty ruled by King Djoser. Peseshet was the earliest known woman physician who practiced during the 4th Dynasty. She even graduated midwives in a medical school in Sais, ancient Egypt and was titled �Lady Overseer of the Lady Physicians’.

Medicine was also practiced in Babylon as seen in the oldest Babylonian texts dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. One diagnostic handbook written during the reign of the Babylonian king Adad-apla-iddina by the physician Esagil-kin-apli of Borsippa between 1069-1046 BC serves as the most extensive Babylonian medical text. The Babylonians also practiced diagnosis, physical examination and prognosis and wrote prescriptions. Christopher Freville observes that the Babylonians even used creams, pills and bandages in their medical procedures.

The physician Hippocrates of ancient Greece compiled a collection of around 70 medical works known as the Hippocratic Corpus. Babylon and Egypt played a large role in influencing Greek medicine. Hippocrates of Kos is in fact considered the �father of modern medicine’. He also authored the Hippocratic Oath which is still used by physicians today. He is credited with the categorization of illnesses into various categories such as chronic, acute, epidemic and endemic. According to Christopher Freville the first documented chest surgeries were conducted by Hippocrates and his findings are still relevant today.

The Romans invented the surgical use of cross-bladed scissors, surgical needle, scalpel, forceps, cautery and specula. They also first devised instruments unique to the treatment of women’s disorders. They also pioneered cataract surgery. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Roman as well as Greek medical texts were preserved in monasteries. From the 12th century onwards, medicine established itself as a faculty alongside law and theology in the first European Universities. Advancement in chemistry and in laboratory equipment and techniques revolutionized medicine in the 19th century. Bacteriology and virology gained a lot of attention. The 20th century also witnessed the emergence of medical schools which facilitated better medical care to the sick.

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Selecting The Best Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets come in all shapes and sizes and that means something works well in your bathroom. Choose the right bathroom cabinets for the style and look you are after.

You are considering finally remodeling your bathroom. Where do you start? Bathroom cabinets are one of the first places to start because they allow you to add a variety of elements to the room. Usually they are the only element in a wood color or grain and that can be the focal point of the room. They contrast the surroundings for that bathroom and help you to define the style that you want. Bathroom cabinets give you the look that you want. But, what is it that you can select from?

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Medicine Chest Bathroom Cabinets

Start with the medicine chest type of bathroom cabinets. While you may not actually want to store medications in this cabinet (the humidity really can ruin them) you may want to consider the overall look of these traditional and commonly found cabinets. Nevertheless, it provides ample storage for other products including your shaving and hair care items. You have two major types to select from. One is the standard type that hangs right on the wall. The second is the type of is inset into the wall so that the front face is flush with the existing wall. Both are good choices, but the second provides for a better look.

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

Next, look down to the vanity. This type of bathroom cabinet’s style is up to you again. The goal is for added storage to be obtained. For those without a lot of room, consider going without this cabinet and using your medicine chest type of bathroom cabinets instead. For those that want a vanity, go for it. Be sure it provides study construction as well as the style that fits your needs. You can often choose customized bathroom cabinets for the rooms too.

What’s Right For You?

There are a variety of other styles that you can also use. Finding the right option for your bathroom is a must. Some will have more space in unique areas such as over the toilet for you to store necessary items such as towels. If you go with this type of bathroom cabinets, realize that they are often larger and take up more room in the bathroom. They can be too much for some rooms.

Your overall goal in finding the right bathroom cabinets is to find the type of product that works best for you, personally. Taking into consideration you need for style and function as well as your needs for size, look for the right bathroom cabinets for your situation. No matter if you go with bathroom shelves or a beautiful bathroom cabinet under your sink, select what works best in your space.

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Nature’s Medicine Cabinet – Secrets Of A Forgotten Age.

Have you ever wondered how our forefathers and
Have you ever wondered how our forefathers and their ancestors all managed to survive without modern medicines, supplements, specialized therapies and health insurance?

Has traveling along the path of least resistance” been the direct cause of our forgetting about all of the ways that mother nature” can provide for our health and well-being?

Certainly, it would be difficult to imagine life without the available technologies and breakthroughs of 21st century medicine, but some would argue that modern medicine has as much to do with contributing to disease as it does curing it. But, as self-serving as they may seem, physicians and practitioners are not alone in this cycle of catch 22s”. The pharmaceutical manufacturers bombard us with commercials, articles, and studies, not only identifying a plethora of disease, but even more alarming, they help manifest elements of fear and anxiety, creating a psychological need for their highly profitable products.

So, what are the alternatives to this medical madness?

To be sure, modern medicine is such a convenient means of coping with our stressful and demanding lifestyle that we’re not about to abandon that measure of security to go about digging up roots, shaving tree bark and cultivating exotic herbs. Who has the time or the expertise?

What I hope to achieve through this article is a stimulation of curiosity within the reader. A tease, if you will, to recall long forgotten memories of a more natural side of human existence. At the same time, I want to be clear that none of this should be considered a substitute for required medical treatment, however, various alternatives can be successfully employed for many minor complaints and therapies.

Let’s take a look a few:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – used for thousands of years to treat a multitude of diseases and conditions. Referenced in the Bible, this natural substance contains a perfect balance of 19 vital minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, chlorine, sodium, iron, fluorine and silicon, just to name a few. Additionally, more than 90 other components can even help your body regulate blood pressure, while supporting your immune system. Studies have shown that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids found in ACV act as a weight loss component, by safely suppressing the appetite while increasing the body’s metabolic rate. External benefits include:

* A natural germ fighter, as well as a powerful cleansing agent.
* Maintenance of healthy skin.
* Soothes sunburn.
* Helps prevent dandruff.
* Used as a topical solution, research shows it can even prevent baldness.

Essential Oils a natural-medicine alternative to many common ailments with benefits ranging from topical antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, digestive system tonics, and anti-depressants. Here’s a brief look at just a few:

Lavender (medicine chest in a bottle) – anti-inflammatory; very effective on burns; speeds wound healing; reduces scarring; reduces stress.

Peppermint – An excellent digestive tonic, calming motion sickness and reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. And, did you know it’s considered by some to be a more effective insect repellent than citronella, when used on the body (rather than in the surrounding air).

Chamomile – The great tension reliever. Useful for a wide variety of nervous conditions, and is often indicated for cases of stress in children, including teething and general crankiness.

Eucalyptus – most often used for respiratory conditions, clearing congestion with coughs and colds. Diffusing Eucalyptus oil can kill most staphylococcus bacteria, present in many bronchial infections. And, did I mention, an effective insect repellent?

Medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In fact, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2,000 years. Many so-called weeds” were considered treasures, worth their weight in gold, to ancient cultures. Dandelion, Comfrey, Digitalis (Foxglove), the Poppy, Milk Thistle, Stinging Nettle, as well as many others, have well-established medicinal qualities that have few, if any rivals in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, many are the basic ingredient of some of the most important pharmaceutical drugs.

One notable example is the Dandelion. Research is currently being conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in London, who consider the plant a potential source for a life-saving drug to be used in warding off cancer, which presently kills tens of thousands of people every year.

Balance is the best alternative.

While the advanced cultures of the world’s industrialized nations enjoy the absolute best that modern medical technology has to offer, many of the third world” societies and certainly the world’s remaining primitive cultures, utilize the ancient methods and natural medicines developed by their ancestors. But, rather than being mutually exclusive, a more practical approach would be to bring both ends of the spectrum together, blending both the old and the new into what is more commonly referred to as Complementary Medicine”, where consideration is given to the mind, body and spirit regarding the health and well-being of the individual.

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