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Besides hieroglyphics usually engraved or painted on stone, the Egyptians employed certain cursive scripts, usually inscribed on thin sheets of the papyrus plant. The Ebers papyrus was advertised for sale in 1869 and obtained by Georg Ebers at Thebes in 1872. This dated back to about 1500 BC. The Edwin Smith papyrus is the oldest known medical writing and also the most complete and important treatise on the surgery of …
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