Beer was not just a new drink to be consumed, it was also used in the practice of medicine for both Sumer and Egypt. A cunneiform tablet was discovered in Sumer, containing a list of pharmacopoeia, a writing of medical recipes that required the use of beer. This is the oldest surviving record of medicine ever found. In Egypt, beer was used as a mild sedative and became the basis for many medical recipes along with herbs and spices. Beer was used in the medicine making rather than water because it was less likely to be contaminated than normal drinking water and that it was easier and quicker for materials to be dissolved in. Another medical journal found was "The Ebers Papyrus," an Egyptian medical journal that contains hundred of herbal remedies, which many involve beer.