Chapter 4. Medicine as Literature

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch4

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) Medicine as Literature, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch4

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:

  • Medicine As Literature - combination of prose and poetry in Babylonian medical texts;
  • diagnostic handbook - list of diseases and disease carriers;
  • therapeutic prescriptions as genre;
  • therapeutic prescriptions poetry;
  • Babylonian background in Greco-Roman pharmacology;
  • Pharmaka, single drugs employed against single conditions - practice relied by Greco-Roman medicine;
  • mithridates antidote - compound recipe against venoms and poisons

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Diagnostic Handbook

  • Medical Incantations

  • Therapeutic Prescriptions as Genre

  • Poetry Within Therapeutic Prescriptions

  • The Babylonian Background to Greco-Roman Pharmacology