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Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science


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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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'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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