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The earliest medical documents in the world have come down to us from Egypt and Assyria. It is logical that a consideration of these should form the starting point of the study of medical history, and that an account of them should precede the volumes dealing with the medical progress of later times and other lands. The physical conditions of the Valley of the Nile have preserved for us the records of the most ancient intellectual activities. The Egyptian custom of mummifying the dead influenced greatly the growth of medical knowledge; although embalming was a religious rite and not medical
The Beginnings: Egypt and Assyria.. Ann Intern Med. ;4:646. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-6-646_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(6):646.
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