I can’t remember why I picked up The Transitions from Ancient Egyptian to Greek Medicine from the library, but I think it had something to do with hysteria. For an essay this term I’d been charting its development, and this included forays into ancient Egypt and Greece.

It was interesting, but perhaps not as compelling (or as long!) as I’d hoped. If you’re a student of medical history it might provide a nice brief introduction, but at only thirty-something pages long, you might be better off just reading papers on the topic.

I did, however, learn the word ‘recrudescence’ – the recurrence of an undesirable condition – so all was not completely lost.

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