Advances in Mesopotamian Medicine from Hammurabi to by Attia, A.; Buisson. G. (ed.)

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V. 1. Miller, "Eye surgery and Jillu, 'pterygium, conjunctival degeneration": Nouvelles Assyriologiques Breves et Utilitaires, 1989/1, 10, on AMT 12,1 and "a small bronze knife (? lancet) with a hooked tip" from Tepe Giyan. On blood letting see Biggs, RIA 7, 629a (with ref. 32 The interesting point is that the scholar mentions that this procedure is ki masqft memeni "as (for) any potion": this instruction is not currently known from the therapeutic corpus, and would probably have surprised the original authors of the recipes.

E. Robson presented three investigations of medi­ cal matters, drawing on Sumerian literature and Neo-Assyrian scholarly letters lO Incidental references to non-medical sources bearing on med­ ical matters are further scattered through many discussions of various aspects of Mesopotamian medicine ll At the same time, the limitations to the informativeness of the medical corpora have perhaps not yet been sufficiently problematised,12 and full "dialogue" has not yet been achieved between medical and non-medical sources.

52 Basically, "illness" is not serious. Many omina show that one can recover from it. ) and his head is spinning': He is diagnosed as "ill of a gall disease': A potion is prepared and the prescription ends thus: "He will drink (it) on an empty stomach and if it affects him (ilappatsuma), he will be ill (is-sal-Ia-') . Do not worry (la tanakkwl); he will recover. 54 These lines are unique in the medical corpus. "To affect", literally "to touch" (lapatu), always has a negative connotation. I take it to be con­ ditional ("if it affects him"): the patient may experience some setbacks, it may take some time (sala 'u), but he will recover.

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