Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine: Ancient Sources, Translations, and Modern Medical Analyses
University of Illinois Press, Jul 18, 2005 - History - 879 pages
To date, the pathbreaking medical contributions of the early Mesopotamians have been only vaguely understood. Due to the combined problems of an extinct language, gaps in the archeological record, the complexities of pharmacy and medicine, and the dispersion of ancient tablets throughout the museums of the world, it has been nearly impossible to get a clear and comprehensive view of what medicine was really like in ancient Mesopotamia.
The collaboration of medical expert Burton R. Andersen and cuneiformist JoAnn Scurlock makes it finally possible to survey this collected corpus and discern magic from experimental medicine in Ashur, Babylon, and Nineveh. Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine is the first systematic study of all the available texts, which together reveal a level of medical knowledge not matched again until the nineteenth century A.D. Over the course of a millennium, these nations were able to develop tests, prepare drugs, and encourage public sanitation. Their careful observation and recording of data resulted in a description of symptoms so precise as to enable modern identification of numerous diseases and afflictions.
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Although I am not an historian of any kind, this seems to be a very well written book. The story is very readable and clear. It is light years more convincing, for seeming to be carefully objective, and better than such histories I've read thus far. It also has exactly the kind of contextual information I seek. I recommend it as a model of its genre.
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The Ancient Mesopotamian Context
General Health and Public Health Practices
Sexually Transmitted Diseases STDs
Genitourinary Tract Diseases
Metabolic and Nutritional Diseases
Heart Circulatory System and Lungs
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Trauma and Shock
Dental and Oral Diseases
Eyes Ears and Nose
Skin and Hair
Bones and Joints
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