The history of medicine stretches back as far as civilization itself. The ancient Egyptians had an incredibly advanced system of medicine that influenced medical tradition for generations to come. The basis for our modern system of diagnosis, prognosis, and medical examination has its roots in both Egyptian and Babylonian customs, while our conventions of medical ethics were born in ancient Greece. Systematic training of physicians didn't begin until around 1220 in Italy. Later on, during the Renaissance, multiple scientific advances and greater understanding of anatomy led to considerable advancements in our understanding of the human body--an understanding that continues to evolve even today. Many a collector enjoys rare books about medicine, as the books are often both fascinating to look at and to read.