Greetings Brethren:

We declare that the Medical Community has come to realize that God is the center of healing. Thus, the first Priest and religious leaders were also healers. We declare that our Faith and undying Love of God is crucial toward healing.

Peace be unto you,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal February 4, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Part 93: The Physician & Healing

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth

As we approach the topic concerning the medical community and healing we will identify a person who best interprets these findings. As a matter of logic and reasoning one would assume that there are three persons in the flesh involved in this healing process. Thus, the patient, doctor, Preacher or religious person.

However there is another person that is involved that can interpret, affirm, predict and guide this process. This person is the Spiritual Scientist. He could be a medical doctor, and he could be a Preacher he also could be the patient. For the record the Spiritual Scientist does not take the place of the Doctor or the Preacher.

In recent years the medical community has embraced many things related to God and religion in reference to healing. However healing practices have a long and often complex history in Old and New Testament times. But the physician as a healer began in Egypt prior to the writing of the Old Testament. Thus, the Egyptian physicians were the most celebrated in all of antiquity.

Therefore by way on introduction and as a preface to this section of our discussion we will reflect on those who set the precedents for the art of medicine and healing.

Dr. Frederick Newsome in an article entitled "Black Contributions to the Early History of Western Medicine," contributes to our discussion. (This article was originally printed in the Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 71, No. 2, 1979, p. 189-193. However, it was reprinted in the Journal of African Civilization, Sept, 1980, Edited by Ivan Van Sertima).

The Egyptians made countless contributions to medicine. Thus, the Egyptians are acknowledged as the inventors of the art of healing. Hence the first physicians were Egyptians. They also produced the initial medical knowledge and of course the first medical literature. Ancient writers, also conclude that the Egyptians influenced the development of medicine in ancient Greece. For the record these writers include Herodotus, Isocrates, and Diodrus.

The year is now 2002, thus we believe that most contemporary historians and researchers have little use in distorting the historical record of ancient Egypt. Therefore, from our vantage point of logic, good sense and academic responsibility the record of the cradle of world civilizations in Egypt is not disputed. We also note that there are very few irresponsible historians with the nerve to claim that Egypt is outside of Africa. There is also very little effort to tell foolish lies claiming that Egyptians were non-Black or White Africans.

The dawn of Western medicine begins with the dawn of world civilization in Africa. At this point the FreedomJournal will affirm a point that we have made in our reference to those of African descent as Black. This is especially true for those with ancestors coming from the land known in contemporary times as Africa.

The African of antiquity known today as the ancient Egyptians lived along the Nile River and called their nation KMT. The word KMT means Black village, Black city and the contemporary Black community. This distinction is noted in ancient Egyptian script called Hieroglyphs. (See Journal African Civilizations, P.38, Primary Source Gardiner A., Egyptian Grammar, Oxford, Griffith Institute, 1976 pp.57, 449, 498.

Meanwhile, the word KMT is written with four signs. The sign for Black had the phonetic value of "K" and represents a crocodile skin. The sign for "M"the sign for "T" and the sign for city, village or community is represented by two intersecting Roads.

However, who was the first Physician? Was he indeed Hippocrates? Hippocrates was Greek and Egyptians influenced and laid the foundation for Greek medicine and Greek Physicians. Thus, is it true that Hippocrates was the first physician?

Menes (3200 BC) is often noted as the first king of Egypt. Manetho (500 BC) records Menes had a son. This son, Athothis also became king. He ruled Egypt for 27 years. Athothis also practiced medicine and wrote books on Astronomy. (See Journal African Civilization p.28, Primary Source Manetho, Manetho, Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, Waddell W.G, Robbins F. E. (Trans). In Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University, Press, 1971, p.31).

Meanwhile, other sources report that the multi-genius Imhotep was the first physician in history. In the Egyptian hieroglyphs Imhotep means "to come in peace." He lived about 2980 BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Zoser of the Third Dynasty.

"Over the centuries, Egyptians in need of healing flocked to shrines and temples created in his honor. By 525 BC, he had become a full deity."

The following is an inscription dedicate to the deified healing Imhotep. "Turn thy face towards me, my Lord Imhotep, son of Ptah. It is thou who doest work miracles and who are beneficent in all thy deeds." (African Journal of Civilization p. 29. Primary source Rogers, J.A. Worlds Great Men of Color, N. Y, Macmillian, 1972, p. 39).

The importance of Imhotep is generally recognized by the medical community and medical historians; however the Egyptian distinction is often excluded. The following sources confirm the importance of Imhotep:

1. Osler Sir W., Evolution of Modern Medicine, New Haven, 1921, p. 10. "He was the first figure of a physician to stand out clearly from the mists of antiquity."

2. Sigerist H.E., A History of Medicine, N.Y., Oxford Univ. Press 1951, Vol. I, pp. 228, 243.

Sigerist notes that "Imhotep is the architect of the step pyramid of Saqqara. This is the oldest monument of hewn stone known to the world. A man of genius, Imhotep was the first universal scholar, architect, engineer, statesman, sage and physician."

3. Ackerknect E. H, A Short History of Medicine, N.Y., Ronald Press, 1955, pp. 19, 45-47. Although Ackerknect notes the importance of Imhotep he makes no mention that he was an Egyptian and Egypt was the land of the Blacks.

Cont. Part 94: Imhotep The Father of Medicine



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