Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A manuscript known

...as The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus is part of "The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's a peek at it.

The New York Academy of Medicine, who loaned the papyrus to the Met, is mounting a parallel exhibition called "Holes in the Head: Mending Head Injuries from Pericles to Bonaparte." The press release mentions a book by 17th century military surgeon John Browne titled A compleat discourse of wounds . . . whereunto are added the severall fractures of the skull. . . (London, 1678). That's almost a poem. Its full title is a poem. And for an entirely different poem, just place a "the" before "general."

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