The Art of Embalming in Ancient Egypt 1

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    PROF. ELLIOT SMITH has applied to the study of mummification the accurate and thorough methods of observation which have won for him a foremost place among the younger generation of anatomists, the result being an autloritative memoir, which will serve both the expert and the uninitiated as an excellent introduction to the art and significance of embalming as practised in ancient Egypt. As professor of anatomy in the medical school at Cairo he has free access to the material necessary for a first-hand study of the subject. So well has he pieced his evidence together that one obtains on reading it a very complete picture of the actual process employed by the embalmers during the twenty-first dynasty. The memoir is based on a study of forty-four mummies of priests and priestesses of Ammon, belonging to that dynasty.

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