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Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science

ISBN-10: 0521865794

ISBN-13: 9780521865791

Edition: 2008

Authors: Rosalie David, Patricia Lambert-Zazulak

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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.
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Book details

List price: $146.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 326
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Rosalie David is Professor and Keeper of Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. She has taught university courses on ancient Egyptian religion and has edited or authored more than twenty books.

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Preface
An Introduction To The Scientific Study Of Mummies
The background of the Manchester mummy project
Egyptian mummies: an overview
Diet, Disease and Death In Ancient Egypt: Diagnostic and Investigative Techniques
Imaging in Egyptian mummies
Endoscopy and mummy research
Dental health and disease in ancient Egypt
Slices of mummy: a histologist's perspective
Palaeopathology at the beginning of the new millennium: a review of the literature
The use of immunocytochemistry to diagnosc disease in mummies
DNA identification in mummies and associated material
An introduction to analytical methods
The facial reconstruction of ancient Egyptians
The Treatment of Disease In Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptian medical system
Intoxicants in ancient Egypt? Opium, nymphea, coca and tobacco
Pharmacy in ancient Egypt
Resources For Studying Mummies
The International Ancient Egyptian Mummy Tissue Bank
Conservation treatment for mummies
The Future of Biomedical and Scientific Studies in Egyptology
Biomedical Egyptology: some future possibilities and contributions
References
Index