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Medicine and Myth

Medicine is discipline devoted to sustenance and healing of human life. In the Mediaeval system, it was one of three higher disciplines along with Law and Theology which one studied after undergraduate studies in the 7 Liberal Arts. Key branches of Medicine inlcude Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacy. In the West, the origins of medicine officilaly go back to Aesculapius, who in turn is associated with the constellation Ophiucus (Serpentarius), who is reputed to have learned from the Centaur, Chiron the secrets of medicine and the ability to bring the dead back to life. In the East, the origins of medicine called Ayurveda (cf. Veda); are officially linked with the legendary Agastya, but have even more legendary connections with the god. Dhanvantari, who is said to have been present at creation, also disposed of the ability to bring the dead back to life and held in his hand a vase with the nectar of immortality called the Amrita. Not surprisingly in pre-history, medicine was the domain of a Medicine Man and Shamans. There is evidence that in very early times these healing functions were asmong the roles of the Great Mother, or Earth Mother also known as Mama. Library of Congress Scope Note Narrower Term: Adolescent medicine Narrower Term: Advertising Medicine Narrower Term: Automotive medicine Narrower Term: Biomedical engineering Narrower Term: Circumpolar medicine Narrower Term: Classification Books Medicine Narrower Term: Medical climatology Narrower Term: Communication in medicine Narrower Term: Communism and medicine Narrower Term: Creative ability in medicine Narrower Term: Critical care medicine Narrower Term: Dentistry Narrower Term: Dermatology Narrower Term: Disaster medicine Narrower Term: Diseases Narrower Term: Electricity in medicine Narrower Term: Emergency medicine Narrower Term: Family medicine Narrower Term: Geriatrics Narrower Term: Gynecology Narrower Term: Health Narrower Term: Internal medicine Narrower Term: Medical jurisprudence See Also: Medical sciences Narrower Term: Clinical medicine Narrower Term: Medicine, Industrial Narrower Term: Medicine, Military Narrower Term: Medicine, Physical Narrower Term: Minorities in medicine Narrower Term: Missions, Medical Narrower Term: Motion pictures in medicine Narrower Term: Neurology Narrower Term: Nosology Narrower Term: Nursing Narrower Term: Obstetrics Narrower Term: Ophthalmology Narrower Term: Osteopathic medicine Narrower Term: Otolaryngology See Also: Pathology Narrower Term: Pediatrics Narrower Term: Pharmacy See Also: Physicians Narrower Term: Podiatry Narrower Term: Quacks and quackery Narrower Term: Radio in medicine Narrower Term: Sex discrimination in medicine Narrower Term: Sexism in medicine Narrower Term: Space medicine Narrower Term: Sports medicine Narrower Term: Oral medicine Narrower Term: Surgery Narrower Term: Television in medicine Narrower Term: Alternative medicine Narrower Term: Toxicology Narrower Term: Tropical medicine Narrower Term: Urology Narrower Term: Veterinary medicine Narrower Term: Wit and humor in medicine Narrower Term: Women in medicine Narrower Term: Optical fibers in medicine Narrower Term: Parapsychology and medicine Narrower Term: Telecommunication in medicine Narrower Term: Computer vision in medicine Narrower Term: Virtual reality in medicine Narrower Term: Robotics in medicine Narrower Term: National socialism and medicine Narrower Term: Motion pictures and medicine Narrower Term: Mentoring in medicine Narrower Term: Fuzzy systems in medicine Narrower Term: Internet in medicine Narrower Term: Language and medicine Narrower Term: Pain medicine Narrower Term: Integrative medicine
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