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The Practice Of Medicine (4.88)
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Ancient Mesopotamian medicine benefited from the expertise of two specialists, one of whom (asuû = the “pharmacist”) collected the information recorded in the pharmacological texts (4.88A), assisted in devising treatments, and dispensed medicines to patients whose medical problem was already known. The other (āšipu = the “doctor”) diagnosed and treated patients using a growing corpus of diagnostic and therapeutic handbooks (and/or a friendly “pharmacist”) to help him in his work.1 The diagnostic system was a flexible one, allowing for both what we would…

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Scurlock, JoAnn, “The Practice Of Medicine (4.88)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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