3,500 Year Old Amputation Techniques

Tong Wen Yu

PureInsight | December 23, 2002

A mummy collected in the Cairo Museum of Egypt indicates that advanced surgical operations and anaesthetization existed in Egypt 3,500 years ago.

The big toe of a mummy was amputated and replaced with an "artificial" one made of leather and wood. The picture seen below was obtained from the Egypt Museum on August 13, 2002, which was provided by AFP.

AFP had reported that the mummy lived during the period of Amenhotep II in the18th dynasty of ancient Egypt, i.e. the 15th century BC. Antique experts believed that during that time-period, advanced surgical operations and anaesthetization were developed.

The developmental level of many ancient techniques is quite surprising. However, we have little knowledge as to how and by what means ancient people acquired these techniques. For example, the knowledge of energy channels from ancient medicine and achievements of ancient astronomy are still a mystery to us today.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2002/9/9/18454.html

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