Chapter 5. Medicine and Philosophy

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch5

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) Medicine and Philosophy, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch5

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 and philosophy - Hippocrates' innovations, resembling that of Babylonian medicine;
  • pre-Hippocratic medicine from Greece - systems closely resembling that which we know from Babylonia;
  • maladies d'esprit;
  • pharmakeia, drug use against illnesses;
  • bēl nēmeqi, standing for philosopher;
  • bēl šipti, master of exorcism;
  • apkallu, antediluvian figure comparable to patron saint of exorcism;
  • nabû-zukup-kēnu, a divination specialist appearing in colophons;
  • exorcist's ascendance and physician's decline;
  • most distinctive feature of Persian ritual - sacrifice of horses to gods

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Innovation

  • Ascendance of the Exorcist and Decline of the Physician