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Hammurabi's code


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Usually called the Code of Hammurabi, this is a set of principles and rules of conduct for physicians and others who serve the people, composed during the reign of the Persian emperor Hammurabi (c.1800–1900bce). This code emphasized the physician's duty to preserve good health. It included rewards for success in this endeavor and drastic punishments, such as amputation of a hand for failure to prevent or cure disease of an important person.

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