By Markham J. Geller
Using an excellent number of formerly unknown cuneiform pills, historic Babylonian medication: thought and perform examines the best way medication was once practiced through numerous Babylonian pros of the second and 1st millennium B.C. Represents the 1st assessment of Babylonian medication using cuneiform assets, together with records of courtroom letters, clinical recipes, and commentaries written by way of historical scholarsAttempts to reconcile the ways that drugs and magic have been relatedAssigns authorship to varied varieties of clinical literature that have been formerly thought of anonymousRejects the method of different students that experience tried to use sleek diagnostic ways to historic health problems
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Seek out) against you (O witch) cult-players and ecstatics; I (for my part ) will break your bond. May warlocks bewitch you, I will break your bond. May witches bewitch you, I will break your bond. May cult-players bewitch you, I will break your bond. May ecstatics bewitch you, I will break your bond. (Maqlû VII 92–7, translation Abusch 2002: 10) At first glance, it seems that we ought to have in Maqlû a more intimate view of the patient in which he expresses his own fears and anxieties, but a more extensive look at the text leaves us in doubt.
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We are far from understanding Babylonian medical recipes because we can only identify with accuracy relatively few of the ingredients. The dosage and amounts of the drugs also remain unclear to us. 22 Nevertheless, some general features of Babylonian recipes can be noted. Babylonian physicians made clear typological distinctions between recipes aimed at specific ailments. For example, rectal-disease texts employed much more oil in recipes, while kidney-disease texts employed more minerals, and eye-disease recipes used more salves.
Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice (Ancient Cultures) by Markham J. Geller