By Markham J. Geller
Using a superb number of formerly unknown cuneiform pills, historical Babylonian medication: idea and perform examines the way in which medication was once practiced by way of a number of Babylonian execs of the 2d and 1st millennium B.C. Represents the 1st evaluation of Babylonian drugs using cuneiform assets, together with data of court docket letters, scientific recipes, and commentaries written through historical scholarsAttempts to reconcile the ways that medication and magic have been relatedAssigns authorship to numerous different types of scientific literature that have been formerly thought of anonymousRejects the process of different students that experience tried to use glossy diagnostic ways to historic health problems
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In many cases, drugs could be mixed with animal products such as sheep fat and lard, and less regularly in fish brine, blood, and bone marrow. Some exotic animal products were also used as materia medica, such as mongoose blood, turtle and mussel shells, and other animal viscera. g. bat guano), but such Dreckapotheke have been shown to be secret names for ordinary plants (Köcher 1995). e. gathered or selected), then weighed, washed, immersed, dried and desiccated, roasted and burned, crushed, pounded, cut up, beaten, diced, chopped, grated, pulverized, sifted, pressed out, soaked and dissolved, kneaded, stirred, sprinkled, saturated, spread, blended and mixed, poured out into vessels, warmed up and heated in an oven, cooked and boiled, and finally cooled.
Nevertheless, the result of this logical fallacy had certain fortuitous consequences as far as scientific thinking is concerned: the ancient divination scholars collected large databases of ominous events (also from positions of celestial objects, flights of birds, patterns of oil on water or smoke, unnatural births, and many other genres of omens). The practice of collecting and sorting data, as well as analyzing data, must be seen as a process resembling certain aspects of scientific thinking.
It is likely that a cure for disease was considered to be the province of gods (to be approached though magic and incantations, through an exorcist), while the physician’s role was to treat symptoms. e. the more math, the more “science”). g. drugs to be administered three times a day, etc. indd 24 2/4/2010 1:37:32 PM Medicine as Science 25 If ditto (= diseased anus), grind up 5 sila of flax seed, sieve, and you steep it in milk, bind (it) for 14 days on the chest and shoulder and he will improve; the ingredients [are checked].
Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice (Ancient Cultures) by Markham J. Geller