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Ancient medicine : from sorcery to surgery
Woods, Michael, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Runestone Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
88 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Describes medical techniques such as brain surgery, splints, taking a pulse, forceps, and sanitation in ancient civilizations including the Stone Age, Egypt, Greece, China, India, and Rome.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.3 2.0 4450.
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R135 .W73 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
R135 .W73 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
R135 .W73 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
R135 .W73 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Ancient Technology provides a fascinating look at a particular area of technology as it developed in ancient times, from the first humans to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. Each chapter covers a different ancient civilization, beginning with Stone Age cultures and progressing chronologically through others, such as the ancient Middle East, Egypt, China, Mesoamerica, Greece, Rome, and India. Every book includes a world map and timeline to show the location and timespan of each culture. Supports the national curriculum standards Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Science Technology and Society; and Global Connections as outlined by the National Council for the Social Studies.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. The attractively designed Ancient Technology series shows that modern techniques have long histories. In Medicine, the authors move through time and across countries to show readers such fascinating medical innovations as drug development in the Stone Age, Egyptian physicians and dentists, and ancient Hindu plastic surgery. Technology begins by explaining that the first bridges and boats were derived from nature--a tree falling across a river, for instance. It goes on to discuss such diverse methods of transportation as skis and sleds, horses and wagons, and seafaring vessels, as well as such adjunct topics as roads, maps, and vehicles for moving objects. The books, which incorporate crisp photographs of artifacts, are invitingly written, though the authors' enthusiasm for the subjects occasionally leads to extravagant statements: some ancient skulls show evidence of brain surgery, but it's a leap to say that "doctors" in 6000 B.C. were better brain surgeons that those of the nineteenth century. Despite such leaps, books in this series show just how interesting history can be. See the Series Roundup, this issue, for a book on ancient machines. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-This volume discusses the legacy of medical knowledge and technologies left by ancient doctors. In successive chapters, the authors discuss practices in ancient Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Roman cultures in fascinating detail. Readers learn about brain surgery (trepanation) during the Stone Age, the use of Bengali ants to close sutures during surgery in India, and the beginnings of plastic surgery. Many of the practices continue to influence medical procedures today, and the authors make these connections clear. The lively text does not go into great depth, making this a good candidate for browsing as well as for report writing. Clear, color photos and reproductions of ancient texts; Roman surgical instruments; and portions of pottery, painting, and sculpture showing doctors at work add interest and help students visualize the different time periods and cultures. The only flaw is the lack of source notes in the text (only photo sources are acknowledged). Nevertheless, libraries needing information on this interesting subject may want to add this otherwise useful book to their collections.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.