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Imhotep and the discovery of cerebrospinal fluid
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
2014 (English)In: Anatomy Research International, ISSN 2090-2743, E-ISSN 2090-2751, Vol. 2014, 256105Article in journal, Letter (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Herbowski (2013) suggested recently the Egyptian Imhotep from the 3rd dynasty in Egypt to be the discoverer of cerebrospinal fluid. There are, however, no sources within the first 2000 years after Imhotep suggesting him to be in any way connected with the field of medicine. Over the course of three millennia Imhotep evolves into the sage who besides architecture also masters the arts of medicine, magic, astronomy, and astrology, at the same time as him being transformed from man to demi-God, and finally to a God. The identification of Imhotep as a doctor has thus little to do with facts and it is unlikely that he had anything to do with the Edwin-Smith papyrus from a much later period where CSF is first mentioned.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98386DOI: 10.1155/2014/256105PubMedID: 24744920OAI: diva2:782522
Available from: 2015-01-21 Created: 2015-01-21 Last updated: 2015-05-04Bibliographically approved

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