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Medicine                               197
had the greatest of all influences on the history of medicine—
and this was the fact that mummification familiarized the popu-
lar mind for over twenty centuries with the Idea of cutting open
the dead human body. It was in Egypt, mainly in .Alexandria,
that It became possible for the Greek physicians and anatomists
of the Ptolemaic age to practise for the first time the systematic
dissection of the human body, which religious and popular
prejudice forbade in their own country and in all other parts
of the world. To this fact alone the true science of medicine
ultimately owes its origin and the possibility of its development.