On March 1, 2023, IU Health's Jane Hartsock, JD, MA, and the IU Center for Bioethics' Colin Halverson, PhD, gave a fascinating lecture on “The First English Translation of the Ebers Papyrus” as part of the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society’s Spring 2023 Lecture Series.
In this talk, Hartsock and Halverson examined the convoluted and dramatic history of the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest and most complete contemporary perspectives on ancient Egyptian healing practices. They also discussed its “rediscovery” by Edwin Smith and the dramatic societal- and personal-scale forces that thwarted Dr. Carl H. von Klein and Edith Zitelmann's efforts to translate it.
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