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Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science


Rosalie David, Judith E. Adams, Chrissie W. Alsop, Jacqueline M. Campbell, David C. Counsell, Antony E. David, John Denton, Andrew P. Gize, Maria Jeziorska, Patricia Rutherford, Judith Miller, Roger Speak, Ken Wildsmith, Caroline Wilkinson
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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107662629

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  • Egyptian mummies have always aroused popular and scientific interest; however, most modern studies, although significantly increased in number and range, have been published in specialist journals. Now, this unique book, written by a long-established team of scientists, brings this exciting, cross-disciplinary area of research to a wider readership. It shows how this team's multidisciplinary, investigative methods and the unique resource of the Egyptian Mummy Tissue Bank are being used for the new major international investigations of disease evolution and ancient Egyptian pharmacy and pharmacology. It also assesses the current status of palaeopathology and ancient DNA research, and treatments available for conserving mummified remains. Descriptions of the historical development of Egyptian mummifications and medicine and detailed references to previous scientific investigations provide the context for firsthand accounts of cutting-edge research by prominent specialists in this field, demonstrating how these techniques can contribute to a new perspective on Egyptology.

    • Most modern studies have been published in journals - this is the first book to bring together research on this topic
    • Reveals new discoveries in disease identification and evolution, the use of drugs, and the effectiveness of pharmaceutical treatments in ancient Egypt
    • Deals exclusively with evidence from Egypt - most other books describe mummies worldwide
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I found every chapter fascinating, giving real insight into the lives of the ancient Egyptians … The work of the team at Manchester continues to be of great importance and their multidisciplinary approach is now being applied to international research projects on Egyptian mummies and the history of disease in general. Whilst this book will be absolutely essential for anyone interested in mummies, disease or medicine in ancient Egypt, the new perspective that this research brings to Egyptology will be of interest to the more general reader too.' Ancient Egypt

    'The editor of this volume is a rare bird, an Egyptologist who has dedicated her professional life to encouraging the application of scientific specialisms to the investigation of Egyptological problems and their resolution … Rosalie David is in fact far more than the editor, and takes on various contributory duties … The contents of the book would make a nice course in any department.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal

    '… the book provides a good overview of the state of research on Egyptian mummies, as seen from the Manchester perspective … It will be of interest to scholars working in Egyptology in general (students and established academics alike), to researchers working on mummified remains, and on Egyptian mummies in particular, to historians of medicine, and to members of the interested educated public. Studies of ancient Egypt, and its mummies in particular, have always held an interest and fascination for many; this book will be no exception to that rule.' Journal of Archaeological Science

    '… the results of modern studies on Egyptian mummies, collected and clearly set out in this work, represent an invaluable point of reference for specialists and students alike.' Medical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107662629
    • length: 321 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Mummies:
    1. The background of the Manchester Mummy Project Rosalie David
    2. Egyptian mummies: an overview Rosalie David
    Part II. Diet, Disease and Death in Ancient Egypt: Diagnostic and Investigative Techniques:
    3. Imaging in Egyptian mummies Judith E. Adams and Chrissie W. Alsop
    4. Endoscopy and mummy research Ken Wildsmith
    5. Dental health and disease in ancient Egypt Judith Miller
    6. Slices of mummy: a histologist's perspective John Denton
    7. Palaeopathology at the beginning of the new millennium Maria Jeziorska
    8. The use of immunocytochemistry to diagnose disease Patricia Rutherford
    9. DNA identification in mummies and associated material Patricia Rutherford
    10. An introduction to analytical methods Andrew P. Gize
    11. The facial reconstruction of ancient Egyptians Caroline M. Wilkinson
    Part III. The Treatment of Disease in Ancient Egypt:
    12. The ancient Egyptian medical system Rosalie David
    13. Intoxicants in ancient Egypt? Opium, nymphea, coca and tobacco David C. Counsell
    14. Pharmacy in ancient Egypt Jacqueline M. Campbell
    Part IV. Resources for Studying Mummies:
    15. The International Ancient Egyptian Mummy Tissue Bank Rosalie David
    16. Conservation treatment for mummies Antony E. David
    Part V. The Future of Biomedical and Scientific Studies in Egyptology:
    17. Biomedical Egyptology: some future possibilities and contributions Rosalie David.

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    Rosalie David, University of Manchester


    Rosalie David, Judith E. Adams, Chrissie W. Alsop, Jacqueline M. Campbell, David C. Counsell, Antony E. David, John Denton, Andrew P. Gize, Maria Jeziorska, Patricia Rutherford, Judith Miller, Roger Speak, Ken Wildsmith, Caroline Wilkinson

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