Ancient Medical Technology

From Herbs to Scalpels

From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

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.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF061000, JNF025020
Dewey 610.938
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

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 has worked with her husband, Michael Woods, to write almost forty books. She is the researcher, and Michael is the writer.

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. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, have written almost forty books together. Michael is the writer, and Mary is the researcher.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

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 →


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