Chapter 8. Medicine and Magic as Independent Approaches to Healing

  1. Markham J. Geller

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch8

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Geller, M. J. (2010) Medicine and Magic as Independent Approaches to Healing, in Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319996.ch8

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 magic as independent approaches to healing;
  • study of ancient Babylonian medical concepts and persons practicing them - useful insights into art of healing;
  • anti-demonic rituals and incantations - neutralizing patient's fears of demons;
  • medical text incantations - beginning and ending words;
  • kultmittelbeschwörungen, incantations for purifying items used in temple cult;
  • incantation types - Sumerian unilingual incantations, Sumerian–Akkadian bilingual incantations, Akkadian unilingual incantations;
  • Akkadian incantations - against scorpion stings, snakebite, dogbites, rivals;
  • independent healing approaches - medicine and magic

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Practice

  • Theory