By Scott L. Montgomery, Alok Kumar
To appreciate sleek technological know-how, it truly is necessary to realize that a number of the so much basic clinical ideas are drawn from the data of historic civilizations. Taking an international but complete method of this complicated subject, A background of technological know-how in international Cultures makes use of a vast diversity of case stories and examples to illustrate that the clinical notion and approach to the current day is deeply rooted in a pluricultural past.
Covering historic Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, China, Islam, and the recent international, this quantity discusses the scope of clinical and technological achievements in each one civilization and the way the information it built got here to affect the eu Renaissance. issues lined comprise the impact those clinical cultures had upon each other, the ability of writing and its applied sciences, visions of mathematical order within the universe and the way it may be represented, and what parts of the far-off clinical previous we proceed to rely on this day. issues usually left unexamined in histories of technology are taken care of in attention-grabbing aspect, akin to the chemistry of mummification and the nice Library in Alexandria in Egypt, jewelry and concrete making plans of the Indus Valley, hydraulic engineering and the compass in China, the sustainable agriculture and dental surgical procedure of the Mayas, and algebra and optics in Islam.
This booklet indicates that medical suggestion hasn't ever been constrained to anyone period, tradition, or geographic zone. truly awarded and hugely illustrated, A heritage of technological know-how in international Cultures is the ideal textual content for all scholars and others drawn to the advance of technological know-how all through history.
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Agriculture did improve security of the food supply, helping create a population explosion, but the hunter-gatherer diet that homo sapiens followed for more than 150,000 years is now thought to have been much healthier. g. free-roaming herbivores and carnivores) and a greater variety of nuts, fruits, and other vegetal matter. 4 cm, or 3 inches, shorter than South Koreans). Medical practice: what was done? The question is not just how ill a society may be but how it produces illness and how it cares for the sick.
We also now know that the natron used by the Egyptians fortunately contained borate, a particularly strong killer of bacteria and fungus, that significantly aided preservation. One very interesting result has come from analysis of mummy hair: this shows a kind of “styling gel” was used in cases where the person’s original hair was still in good condition, showing an effort to preserve some aspects of the living individual. Nearly half of all doctors whose names we know are from the Old Kingdom.
Constipation and diarrhea were both common, based on the many prescribed treatments for these ailments. Children appear to have had urinary tract infections and other urological disorders fairly often, given the many treatments prescribed for “water to pass” from them. In addition to all these known illnesses, the medical papyri name many conditions that can’t be clearly identified or identified at all. ” There is no way to know what exactly is meant here; painful skin conditions are associated with many illnesses, as varied as smallpox and psoriasis.
A History of Science in World Cultures: Voices of Knowledge by Scott L. Montgomery, Alok Kumar