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UNIT ISURGERYSurgery is the branch of medicine that deals with the physical manipulation of a bodily structure in order to diagnose, prevent, or cure an ailment. Ambroise Par , a 16th century French surgeon, stated that there were five reasons to perform surgery: "To eliminate that which is superfluous, restore that which has been dislocated, separate that which has been united, join that which has been divided and repair the defects of nature." EgyptAround 3100 BC Egyptian civilization began to flourish when Narmer , the first Pharaoh of Egypt, established the capital of Memphis . Just as cuneiform tablets preserved the knowledge of the ancient Sumerians, hieroglyphics preserved the Egyptian's. In the first monarchic age (2700 BC) the first treaty on surgery was written by Imhotep, the vizier of Pharaoh Djoser , priest, astronomer, physician and first notable architect. So much was he famed for his medical skill that he was deified, becoming the Egyptian god of medicine. Other famous physicians from the Ancient Empire (from 2500 to 2100 BC) were Sachmet , the physician of Pharaoh Sahure and Nesmenau , whose office resembled that of a medical director. Greece While surgeons are now considered to be specialized physicians , the profession of surgeon and that of physician had different historical roots. For example, Greek tradition was against opening the body, and the Hippocratic Oath warns physicians against the practice of surgery. Specifically, cutting persons

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