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By Markham J. Geller

Using a very good number of formerly unknown cuneiform pills, historical Babylonian drugs: idea and perform examines the best way medication was once practiced through a number of Babylonian execs of the second and 1st millennium B.C. Represents the 1st evaluation of Babylonian medication using cuneiform assets, together with documents of courtroom letters, clinical recipes, and commentaries written through old scholarsAttempts to reconcile the ways that medication and magic have been relatedAssigns authorship to varied varieties of clinical literature that have been formerly thought of anonymousRejects the procedure of different students that experience tried to use smooth diagnostic the right way to historical health problems

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Instead of the usual notations for magical spells, these passages both begin with the standard diagnostic phrase typical of medical texts, “if a man (suffers from) …”. This formal distinction between magical and medical tablets from Mesopotamia is a fixed tradition which is not subject to alteration, and the diagnostic format of the passages above should technically be classified as medical. On the other hand, the rituals which accompany these medical-like diagnostic descriptions of mental illnesses are more magical than medical.

U), in the middle of which Ea is invoked by name, and along with the august Eridu incantation formula of purification, apply fire to the tip and base (of the sceptre), so that the Seven of them do not draw near to the patient. Toss (the flame) like a broad net spread out in a broad place, so that it may constantly be present at his head at high noon, and both day and night. Let (the sceptre) be held in his hand to light up the street and thoroughfare at night. indd 28 2/4/2010 1:37:33 PM Medicine as Science 29 This dialogue has a calculated function within the context of the incantation.

Indd 26 2/4/2010 1:37:33 PM Medicine as Science 27 and signs are not located in the kidneys (see George 2002), or venereal disease, which is known as the great imposter since it copies the symptoms of other ailments. At times medical texts provide clues to causes of diseases, and these often differ from the kinds of causes which are found within incantations (such as demons and vengeful gods). A good example of a disease cause is the eating of hexed foodstuffs causing digestive problems; in medical texts, it is not the hex itself which is the problem but rather the ingesting of food which has been cursed or magically altered.

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