Ancient Medical Technology
From Herbs to Scalpels
From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures
Did you know . . .
• Doctors in ancient Peru performed brain surgery?
• Ancient Greek doctors ran medical schools?
• The ancient Indians knew how to protect people from smallpox?
Medical technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used simple healing techniques. They developed ways to set broken bones. They learned which plants were good for treating colds, headaches, and stomachaches. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about medicine. The ancient Indians performed plastic surgery. The ancient Romans operated on people’s eyes. People in many ancient cultures wrote medical textbooks.
What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient doctors use? Which of their remedies worked and which ones didn’t? And how did ancient medicine set the stage for our own modern medical technology? Learn more in Ancient Medical Technology.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
Library Media Connection
“A map, timeline, glossary, and bibliography are included in these books which provide more than ample material for classes in history, health, and technology.” —Library Media Connection
The Horn Book Guide
“Each volume focuses on a different type of technology used by ancient world civilizations. After an informative overview section, chapters discuss particular civilizations and their specific technologies. The texts successfully show both the uniqueness of and similarities among the devices or techniques. Numerous captioned photographs, sidebars, and quotations add supplementary information. Epilogues relate how ancient technology is still being used today.” —The Horn Book Guide
“Each book is well written and understandable, offering a simplified look at occasionally complex scientific, historical, and geographical information. The authors’ style and language flow as they define words when needed and at other times use descriptive details or modern comparisons to make things clear. Adding strength and flavor to the authors’ prose, each volume includes actual quotes from ancient texts and historical observers…. Teachers and librarians will find these valuable resources, and teens steeped in today’s modern technology will be interested to see the creativity of ancient peoples.” —VOYA
“The design is modern, with text supported by sidebars, quotes, and colorful photographs and captioned illustrations. The authors (a medical journalist and a school librarian) explore not only what early health care was but what archaeology has revealed about it, and include a time line, a glossary, source notes, and print and electronic bibliographies, all fully indexed.” —Booklist
“The information in this series would be very good for a cross–curricular lesson, for example, relating science to social studies.” —NSTA
Author: Mary B. Woods
Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.
Author: Michael Woods
Michael Woods is a science and medical writer whose nationally syndicated newspaper stories and columns have won numerous national awards. He directs a program at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, to inform the public about science. Michael is the writer on the Woods team, and Mary is the researcher. They have written almost 40 books.
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Technology in Ancient Cultures
How did early peoples around the world approach construction, communication, computing, transportation, agriculture, machinery, medicine, and warfare? This fascinating, easy-to-read series gives young readers a close-up look at how the ancients got things done. Each book takes a basic… View available downloads →