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1800 BCE) deals with conception and pregnancy issues as well as contraception. 1782-1570 BCE) offers prescriptions for issues related to the eyes, skin, burns, and pregnancy. 1600 BCE) is the oldest work on surgical techniques. 1550 BCE) treats cancer, heart disease, diabetes, birth control, and depression.

The Berlin Medical Papyrus (also known as the Brugsch Papyrus, dated to the New Kingdom, c. 1069 BCE) deals with contraception, fertility, and includes the earliest known pregnancy tests.

Since the Egyptians had no concept of bacteria or the germ theory, however, the cause of the disease was less clear.

The gods were thought to mean only the best for the people of the land, and so the cause of a disease like cancer was as mysterious to the ancient Egyptians as the origin of evil and suffering is for religiously-minded people in the present.

One example of this procedure, from the , addresses the problem of a patient who presents with what appears to be a "mortal illness".

The physician is instructed to examine the patient carefully, and if the body seems free of disease except for "the surface of the ribs," the doctor should then recite a spell against the disease and prescribe a mixture of bloodstone, red grain, and carob, cooked in oil and taken over the next four mornings with honey.

Doctors began their diagnosis and treatment of a patient by examining the person and coming to one of three conclusions: Cancer, for example, had no more a cure then than it does today.

Heart disease could be contended with through spells, medicine, and a change in one's diet.

A woman's uterus was believed to be a free-floating organ which could affect every other part of the body.

Serket (Selket) was invoked for the bite of the scorpion.

Sekhmet was called upon for a variety of medical problems.

It was a given that the root cause was some supernatural entity, but the physician had to understand how that entity was attacking the body and why.

The patient would be asked a series of questions to determine what they were experiencing as well as what they might have done to deserve the affliction.

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