There have always been doctors and healers throughout history. Before the modern doctor, tribes would have their tribal healer or their physicians so it is difficult to say who the first true doctor was.
However according to enote’s History Fact Finder, the first medical doctor we know by name is Imhotep, who was an Egyptian who lived around 2650 B.C. He was an advisor to King Zoser and made contributions to the world of medicine by way of a textbook on how to treat wounds, bones as well as tumours. He was so well revered that Egyptians used to worship him as a god.
Image is a picture of a statue purchased in Egypt & is retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Imhotep.JPG
Saari, Peggy. “Medicine And Disease – Who Was The First Doctor In History?.” History Fact Finder. Ed. Julie L. Carnagie. UXL-GALE, 2001. eNotes.com. 2006. 30 Sep, 2009
If you want to read more on the topic, here are books that you can check out at our libraries.
All Rights Reserved, Rosen Central 2008
Medical breakthroughs by Gary Jeffrey
Publisher: New York : Rosen Central, 2008.
Call No.: J English 610 JEF
All Rights Reserved, Children’s Press, 2008.
Pills and potions: a history of remedies by Mary Atkinson
Publisher: New York : Children’s Press, 2008.
Call No.: J English 610 ATK
All Rights Reserved, Franklin Watts, c2004.
Health and medicine by Saviour Pirotta
Publisher: London : Franklin Watts, c2004.
Call No.: J English 362.1 PIR
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Originally answered by Ms Felicia Chan
Librarian, Children’s Services