Chapter 7. Uruk Medical Commentaries

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch7

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) Uruk Medical Commentaries, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch7

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



  • Uruk medical commentaries - commentaries on diagnostic handbook and general prognostic themes;
  • dannatu, meaning famine, malnourishment;
  • sibitti- group of seven demonic gods responsible for disease and misfortune;
  • psychosomatic disease awareness in Babylonian medicine;
  • medical terminology in commentaries;
  • physiognomy as diagnosis - physiognomic omens predicting wealth and poverty;
  • iqīšâ, a prolific Uruk scholar;
  • materia medica in commentaries;
  • dreckapotheke, or lion's blood;
  • astrological medicine - theory of melothesia, zodiac signs and individual planet influences over human anatomical parts and diseases


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Commentaries on the Diagnostic Handbook and General Themes of Prognosis

  • Medical Terminology in Commentaries

  • Writing Down of Medical Knowledge