The Egypt Study Society (ESS) is an organization for people who are interested in ancient Egypt. ESS welcomes anyone with similar interests to participate. ESS programs include lectures, slide and video presentations, seminars, hands on workshops, and an annual picnic. Well known egyptologists and knowledgeable ESS members make presentations throughout the year.
You can find the latest lectures by visiting Next Lecture page or the Upcoming Lectures page. You can view our monthly newsletter, The Scribe's Palette, for current info about ESS and news about ancient Egypt. You can read the full archive of our journal, The Ostracon.
Our society is a non-profit educational organization based in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is an associate group of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Many ESS members assit the DMNS with exhibitions and projects connected with Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian medicine was trial by error in every sense. Several medical treatises have been discovered, but these surviving documents appear to have written during the late Middle to New Kingdom dynasties. However, many Egyptologists all agree that they are copies made from earlier documents.
The individual formulas/recipes described in these papyri were also a result of what worked, or what was perceived to have worked. Sources of these ingredients used in pharaonic times were obviously natural and not artificial as they are in today's society. Many of these individual ingredients were effective, but many were not. Since the ancient physicians practiced poly pharmacy it would have almost impossible for them to make the distinction of what truly was effective and what was not. By the same thought process, religious incantations in conjunction with these formulas, or in some cases used alone, may have felt to provide some relief to the ill patient. We will discuss these concepts in detail.
Jim has a Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently the Director of Pharmacy of a local hospital. His clinical focus is in infectious diseases. Jim has recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a Certificate in Egyptology.