Disease in Babylonia (Cuneiform Monographs) by Irving L. Finkel and Markham J. Geller

By Irving L. Finkel and Markham J. Geller

The current number of articles on illness in Babylonia is the 1st such quantity to seem delivering particular info derived from released and unpublished clinical texts in cuneiform script from the second one and primary millennia BC.

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73 28 marten stol We return to the preceding long description of symptoms, going from head to feet (BAM 2 146:29–42); it was excerpted on a separate tablet (BAM 2 145). It has as its conclusion the diagnosis, “That man has been overcome by sun-heat” (BAM 2 146:38, line lost in dupl. 145:17). 75 However, Köcher’s translation of this first line suggests that all symptoms are the consequence of sun-heat, a kind of sun-stroke: “[Wenn jemand] infolge der Sonnenglut überhitzt ist (wörtl. “ausgebrannt ist”) und (-ma) sein Kopfhaar zu Berge steht, seine Gesichts (muskeln) fortwährend zucken, .

E. [. nigin. ga=ßìdànu [. ra= li"bu Utukku lemnu Asakku marßu miqit Bèl ùri & other demons * Iraq 55. 104—therapeutic text mentioning incs. 3—OB sum. inc. with post-OB biling. dupls. disease name **—a disease which makes part of the ‘skeleton-list ’ with its consecutive no. Cf. infra in table 2. 2 The second text, YOS 11, 10, delineates what seem to be the features of a demon, in which a pair of diseases is included. All eleven texts can be divided into two sub-groups according to the list of diseases enumerated in each of them.

81 Here ends this text BAM 4 416. We now return to BAM 66, reverse. The beginning is broken. Then: “If a man, ditto, all kinds of [. ]; in order that [his illness] does not last long, you shall (. )” (BAM 66 rev. 2). 82 The following line must be an extract from a different text. One may say that what preceeded was taken from the Diagnostic Handbook, giving the prospects of sun-heat (length of disease) and adding a prescription. Now comes a section from a Therapeutic Handbook which gives no more than recipes for treating sun-heat.

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