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    DescriptionThis study provides an overview of Bablyonian medicine and analyses its religious, social and political context. Challenging the traditional view of ancient medicine that rigidly distinguishes between science and superstition, Geller shows how ancient healing methods and strategies embodied a vastly more complex relationship between medicine and magic. Geller also examines basic therapeutic concepts, utilizing medical commentaries ascribed to physician-scribes among Babylonian scholars.


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    Title
    Ancient Babylonian Medicine
    Subtitle
    Theory and Practice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Markham J. Geller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781405126526
    ISBN 10: 1405126523
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: MBX
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: MAJ
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A65090000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC028000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAB
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    DC22: 610.938
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    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    LC classification: R135.3 .G44 2010
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAB
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHG, MBX
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAB
    Illustrations note
    b/w illus
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
    Publication date
    17 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Chicester
    Author Information
    Markham J. Geller is Professor of Semitic Languages at University College London and Guest Professor at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He is the author of Evil Demons: Canonical Utukku Lemnutu Incantations (2007) and co-editor of Disease in Babylonia (2007) and Imagining Creation (2008).
    Review quote
    "Markham J. Geller brings a welcome, dual expertise now rather rare in medical history (he is an MD as well as a Rabbi and Professor of Semitic Languages), and some of his previous studies of Talmudic texts led him to the discovery of medical loan-words that turned out to be embedded Akka-dian dating from the period known as the "Babylonian Captivity". (Times Literary Supplement, 21 January 2011) "He appends a commentary probably composed by the Uruk scholar Iqisa, who flourished in the latter part of the fourth century BC; the transcription, and possibly the translation, is from a 1924 edition by Campbell Thompson." (SciTech Book News, December 2010)
    Back cover copy
    Even in the twenty-first century, medicine remains something of a mystery. In a few significant areas we are hardly better informed than ancient and medieval practitioners. Yet when the topic of ancient medicine is broached, too often the tendency is to dismiss it solely as the product of ignorance and superstition. By delving into the way medicine was actually practiced by various Babylonian professionals of the 2nd and 1st millennium B.C., "Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice" shatters some of our preconceived notions about ancient medicine. Through the use of a great variety of extant cuneiform tablets -- many previously unknown -- noted Assyriologist and ancient language expert Markham J. Geller reveals the rich legacy of Babylonian healing techniques. Challenging the traditional view of ancient medicine that rigidly distinguishes between science and superstition, Geller shows how ancient healing methods and strategies embodied a vastly more complex relationship between medicine and magic. He theorizes that when viewed from the perspective of a patient concerned only with the efficacy of treatment, medicine and magic were simply dual approaches to healing. Geller also examines basic therapeutic concepts utilizing medical commentaries ascribed to physician-scribes among Babylonian scholars -- a source not previously researched. Original and provocative, "Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice" offers startling new insights into the dark and distant roots of modern medicine.
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations. List of Abbreviations. Acknowledgments. Introduction to Babylonian Medicine and Magic. 1 Medicine as Science. 2 Who Did What to Whom? 3 The Politics of Medicine. 4 Medicine as Literature. 5 Medicine and Philosophy. 6 Medical Training: MD or PhD? 7 Uruk Medical Commentaries. 8 Medicine and Magic as Independent Approaches to Healing. Appendix: An Edition of a Medical Commentary. Notes. References. Subject Index. Selective Index of Akkadian and Greek Words. Index of Akkadian Personal Names.