Ancient Babylonian Medicine
Markham J. Geller
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Altertum
Utilizing a great variety of previously unknown cuneiform tablets,Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice examinesthe way medicine was practiced by various Babylonian professionalsof the 2nd and 1st millennium B.C. * Represents the first overview of Babylonian medicine utilizingcuneiform sources, including archives of court letters, medicalrecipes, and commentaries written by ancient scholars * Attempts to reconcile the ways in which medicine and magic wererelated * Assigns authorship to various types of medical literature thatwere previously considered anonymous * Rejects the approach of other scholars that have attempted toapply modern diagnostic methods to ancient illnesses
"Ancient Babylonian Medicineis an important andfascinating book which not only provides a much needed introductionto the theory and practice of medicine in ancient Mesopotamia butalso makes a significant contribution to the study of ancientMesopotamian scholarship. It is clearly and elegantly written,nicely illustrated, and well produced." (Aestimatio, 1 June 2013) "This book is a rare achievement: as a scholarly work, it providesan important addition to the history of medicine; for the generalreader, it is a fascinating introduction to the theory and practiceof medicine in Mesopotamian society."
"In sum, Geller has written a remarkably useful and thoughtfulvolume on what is an elusive topic. Assyriologists and historiansof medicine will gain much from reading this work and it willcertainly become required reading for the discipline."
"Markham J. Geller brings a welcome, dual expertise now ratherrare in medical history (he is an MD as well as a Rabbi andProfessor of Semitic Languages), and some of his previous studiesof Talmudic texts led him to the discovery of medical loan-wordsthat turned out to be embedded Akka-dian dating from the periodknown as the "Babylonian Captivity"
"He appends a commentary probably composed by the Uruk scholarIqisa, who flourished in the latter part of the fourth century BC;the transcription, and possibly the translation, is from a 1924edition by Campbell Thompson." (SciTech Book News, December2010)"A magisterial overview of Babylonian medicine, extremely wellwritten. Geller is eminently successful in opening up the subjectto non-experts and stimulating historians of medicine of otherperiods to engage with the field."
Geschichte, Geschichte der Medizin u. Naturwissenschaften, Classical Studies, Humanistische Studien, Klassisches Altertum, Medizingeschichte, History, Babylon /Alte Geschichte, Ancient Culture, History of Science & Medicine