Chapter 3. The Politics of Medicine

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch3

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) The Politics of Medicine, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch3

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



  • politics of medicine- the Hammurabi's code in social role of medicine during Hammurabi's reign;
  • awīlu - gentleman;
  • muškēnu - a commoner;
  • wardu- a slave;
  • šer'ānu - sick tendon, general term for body's soft tissues;
  • gallābu- barber, indulging in slave branding surgeries;
  • himitsēti, fever related to sunlight or sunstroke;
  • Babylonian physicians, in eighteenth–seventeenth century BC;
  • second-millennium BC medical corpus;
  • Esarhaddon's chief physician, Urad-nanaya


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Letters from the Kingdom of Mari (Syria), Eighteenth Century BC

  • Physicians in Babylonia (Eighteenth–Seventeenth Century BC)

  • Second-Millennium BC Medical Corpus

  • Epidemics

  • Middle Babylonian Letters (c. Fifteenth Century BC)

  • Literary Hypochondria

  • Neo-Assyrian Court Letters

  • Urad-Nanaya, Chief Physician to Esarhaddon