Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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Utilizing a great variety of previously unknown cuneiform tablets, Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice examines the way medicine was practiced by various Babylonian professionals of the 2nd and 1st millennium B.C.
  • Represents the first overview of Babylonian medicine utilizing cuneiform sources, including archives of court letters, medical recipes, and commentaries written by ancient scholars
  • Attempts to reconcile the ways in which medicine and magic were related
  • Assigns authorship to various types of medical literature that were previously considered anonymous
  • Rejects the approach of other scholars that have attempted to apply modern diagnostic methods to ancient illnesses
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xii
Introduction to Babylonian Medicine and Magic
1
1 Medicine as Science
11
2 Who Did What to Whom?
43
3 The Politics of Medicine
56
4 Medicine as Literature
89
5 Medicine and Philosophy
118
6 Medical Training MD or PhD?
130
8 Medicine and Magic as Independent Approaches to Healing
161
Appendix An Edition of a Medical Commentary
168
Notes
177
References
202
Subject Index
211
Selective Index of Akkadian and Greek Words
217
Index of Akkadian Personal Names
220
Copyright

7 Uruk Medical Commentaries
141

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Markham J. Geller is Professor of Semitic Languages at University College London and Professor for the History of Science at the Free University Berlin. He is the author of Evil Demons: Canonical Utukkū Lemnūtu Incantations (2007) and Melothesia in Babylonia (2014), editor of Melammu, the Ancient World in an Age of Globalization (2014), and co-editor of Disease in Babylonia(2007) and Imagining Creation (2008).

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