Sourcing, Organizing, and Administering Medicinal Ingredients

Barbara Böck

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Sourcing, Organizing, and Administering Medicinal Ingredients

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This article explores the history of the sourcing, organization, and administration of medicinal ingredients in ancient Mesopotamia. Cuneiform culture produced a substantial quantity of medical recipes and a smaller number of pharmacological handbooks that give detailed information about the materials employed in healing. Although there were subtle changes in the drug terminology, the virtue of traditionalism seems to have impeded new developments in pharmacology or changes in ancient attitudes towards medicine.

Keywords: medicinal ingredients; ancient Mesopotamia; cuneiform culture; medical recipes; pharmacological handbooks; drug terminology; traditionalism; pharmacology; medicine

Article.  7137 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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