The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus

Robert P. Feldman, James T. Goodrich

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The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus is undoubtedly one of the most significant medical texts ever discovered. It is of particular interest to neurosurgeons because of its specific references to ancient neurosurgical cases and is the first written record of many terms of neurosurgical interest. This review describes the colorful and controversial history of the Edwin Smith Papyrus and gives translations of four cases of neurosurgical interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-284
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - Jul 1999


  • Ancient
  • Edwin Smith Papyrus
  • Egyptian
  • History
  • Neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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