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The discovery of first egyptian mummy with a bandaged wound arouses amazement and opens new questions in the scientific community regarding the origins of medicine.

The bandages were found in the remains of a girl, not more than four years oldwho died a few years ago 2000 years, according to rescue Business Insider.

According to the scientists, who published the novelty in The International Journal of Paleopatology in December, bandage wrapped around a wound showing signs of infection.

Lateral view of the mummy's foot through computed tomography.
Lateral view of the mummy’s foot through computed tomography.Elsevier, Copyright Elsevier (2021) /Business Insider

Albert Zink, director of Institute for Mummy Studies in Bolzona, Italy, and responsible for the study, rescued the importance of the finding. “It gives us clues as to how [los antiguos egipcios] treated such infections or abscesses during his life,” he said.

According to the work, the location of the mummy is associated with the “Aline’s grave” at Faiyum Oasis, located southwest of Cairo.

Front view of the girl with a portrait on her front.
Front view of the girl with a portrait on her front.Elsevier, Copyright Elsevier (2021) /Business Insider

Albert Zink stated that although the ancient Egyptians had certain limitations in their knowledge, they had a deep understanding of the practice of medicine.

The specialist considered it probable that this civilization did not know about the functioning of the heart or the action of microbes, but he remarked that, even so, they had an accurate approximation on the treatment of diseases.

Zink found it surprising that remains with this type of bandage had not previously turned up. “We know from other evidence, such as papyrus, that they had good experience treating wounds and injuries,” he said.

The team from the Institute of Mummy Studies in Bolzona found the bandages while carrying out routine CT scans of the mummies

From the scans of those studies, the wound appeared to have been infected when she died, as it appears signs of “pus” were detectedZink said. Those signs of infection were marked with dotted arrows in the scans below.

Faiyum Oasis location, Egypt.
Faiyum Oasis location, Egypt.Google Maps

“It is very likely that they applied some specific herbs or ointments to treat the inflammation of this area”, considered the author of the study, who did not rule out that new studies could delve into this aspect.

The chance to unwrap the mummy is on the mummy but it’s something Zink, for the time being, is resisting. The collection of a sample through a biopsy It is a technique that is imposed

The reason why the bandages were left there is a mystery. The question is whether they just left it in place and it remained through the embalming process or whether they put it in,” he said.

Image of a cross section of the legs of the mummy.
Image of a cross section of the legs of the mummy.Elsevier, Copyright Elsevier (2021)/ Business Insider

Bandages generally do not survive the mummification process. In this case, one possible answer is that the embalmers put the bandage on the body after the girl’s death.

According to the Egyptians, the mummified body must be in the best conditions for life after death. “Perhaps they somehow tried to continue the healing process for the afterlife,” Zink reasoned.


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