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Ali M. Elhadi, Samuel Kalb, Luis Perez-Orribo, Andrew S. Little, Robert F. Spetzler, and Mark C. Preul

eventually formed the knowledge base underlying the success of the neurosurgical specialty of skull base surgery. Ancient Egyptian Medicine Among the most ancient civilizations, the Egyptians became renowned for the practice of medicine combined with what seems to be a lively inquiry into what might be considered the science or philosophy of the day. The caliber of Egyptian medicine is broadly recognized in numerous references in both modern and ancient literature. In The Odyssey Homer wrote that “for there [in Egypt] the earth, the giver of grain, bears the