Andras Bacskay. Therapeutic Prescriptions against Fever in Ancient Mesopotamia. Alter Orient und Altes Testament - AOAT, Vol. 447. XIV, 318 pages, 5 ill.
The volume includes the transliteration, translation and philological notes of all published and some unpublished Assyrian and Babylonian therapeutic texts related to fever. More precisely, here I am publishing all the therapeutic prescriptions whose medical incipit or symptom descriptions includes some terms for fever. I have separated each prescription by incipits, collecting all manuscripts of a single prescription, therefore the different prescription on the same tablet can be presented in different texts (the list of the medical incipits including the enumeration of the particular texts can be found in the Appendix). In the discussion of various manuscripts relating to the single prescription, I present not only the duplicates but also the text variants.1 The book contains 87 texts which belong to 121 cuneiform tablets classified under the main terms for feve: Nos. 0-49 prescriptions against heat (ummu), Nos. 50-55 prescriptions against strong heat (ummu dannu) and li bu disease and Nos. 56-86 prescriptions against various forms of heat radiance (setu). We have to emphasise that fever text doesn t mean a standard medical series in therapeutic text corpus but the recipes against the above-mentioned three terms can be found on the compendium tablets and extract tablets of the standard medical series such as: Cranium (No. 12, No. 14, No. 15, No. 16, No. 23, No. 30, No. 31, No. 32, No. 38, No. 64), Eyes (No. 13, No. 14 No. 65, No. 66), Teeth (No. 44), Ears (No. 15), Stomach and Epigastrium (No. 18, No. 19, No. 20, No. 21, No. 28, No. 60, No. 78, No. 79, No. 68, No. 72, No. 84) and ghosts texts: No. 24, No. 70, No. 80, No. 81).