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Ancient Babylonian Medicineis an important andfascinating book which not only provides a much needed introductionto the theory and practice of medicine in ancient Mesopotamia butalso makes a significant contribution to the study of ancientMesopotamian scholarship. It is clearly and elegantly written,nicely illustrated, and well produced.  (Aestimatio, 1 June 2013) 

"This book is a rare achievement: as a scholarly work, it providesan important addition to the history of medicine; for the generalreader, it is a fascinating introduction to the theory and practiceof medicine in Mesopotamian society." (Antiquity Reviews, 2011)

"In sum, Geller has written a remarkably useful and thoughtfulvolume on what is an elusive topic. Assyriologists and historiansof medicine will gain much from reading this work and it willcertainly become required reading for the discipline." (Bryn MawrClassical Review, 19 August 2011)

"Markham J. Geller brings a welcome, dual expertise now ratherrare in medical history (he is an MD as well as a Rabbi andProfessor of Semitic Languages), and some of his previous studiesof Talmudic texts led him to the discovery of medical loan–wordsthat turned out to be embedded Akka–dian dating from the periodknown as the "Babylonian Captivity". (Times Literary Supplement, 21January 2011)

"He appends a commentary probably composed by the Uruk scholarIqisa, who flourished in the latter part of the fourth century BC;the transcription, and possibly the translation, is from a 1924edition by Campbell Thompson." (SciTech Book News, December2010)

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"A magisterial overview of Babylonian medicine, extremely wellwritten. Geller is eminently successful in opening up the subjectto non–experts and stimulating historians of medicine of otherperiods to engage with the field."
Philip van der Eijk, Humboldt University Berlin

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