Introduction to Babylonian Medicine and Magic

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) Introduction to Babylonian Medicine and Magic, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

Book Series:

  1. Ancient Cultures

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405126526

Online ISBN: 9781444319996

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Keywords:

  • Babylonian medicine and magic and Babylonian recipe for kidney diseases;
  • Babylonian medical texts, pharmacological preparations - potions, salves, ointments, fumigations or suppositories;
  • Babylonian recipe for anal diseases;
  • modern diets and fat content - specifically responsible for obesity and heart disease;
  • cuneiform script, system of writing consonants rather than vowels;
  • dissection and disease taxonomy - relationship between magic and medicine altering considerably;
  • understanding disease - with discovery of morbid anatomy in eighteenth century in Padua;
  • magic and medicine - psychological and technical approaches to healing, present and constantly evolving;
  • medicine remaining an art, tracing back history of this art - helps in understanding processes of discovery and treatment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dissection and Disease Taxonomy

  • The Sources

  • Is Medicine Magic and Is Magic Medicine?