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BabMed talk by Principal Investigator M.J. Geller: How Babylonian is the Hippocatic Corpus?


The last seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 1 March.

Professor Markham J. Geller (Freie Universität, Berlin)

How Babylonian is the Hippocratic corpus?

The topic of similarities and possible commonalities between Hippocratic and Babylonian medicine continues to attract comment and debate, which this seminar paper will address. The discussion will involve comparisons of both the content and the form of Hippocratic treatises with contemporary Babylonian medical tablets (such as the one depicted above), to argue for a more global view of ancient medicine in the Mediterranean and ancient Near East in the time of Hippocrates and his followers.

Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

Further details on the seminar are available at the Wellcome library website

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Wellcome Trust, London