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Eye of Horus


The symbol of the Eye of Horus first appeared 5000 years ago. It is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and power. Horus, son of Isis, lost his sight after a vicious attack by the demon Set, but recovered his sight when his mother invoked the aide of Thoth. Thereafter Egyptian physicians invoked the god Horus and used it as the symbol of the eye (Fig. 1). The ancients believed this symbol of indestructibility would assist in rebirth. The Eye of Horus was found under the 12th layer of bandage on Tutankhamen's mummy. The symbol also meant health and happiness.

Homer acknowledged that the Egyptians were skilled physicians and the sign of Horus was adopted to become the sign of Apollo by the Greek physicieye of horusans. By this time, it was written as Fig 2. The Greek physicians who came as slaves to Rome brought with them their symbol. The symbol was later rationalized and said to be the initial R of the Latin "Recipe" receive this prescription, or take up these ingredients.

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