Medical Prescription from Ancient Mesopotamia
This medical therapeutic text, inscribed in Akkadian cuneiform on a clay tablet small enough to fit into one’s hand, prescribes various plants and herbs to treat an unknown illness. Many thousands of Akkadian medical texts that have survived from the second and first millennia BCE provide information about medical symptoms, illnesses, and treatments. These sources have allowed modern scholars to reconstruct aspects of medical knowledge and practice in ancient Mesopotamia.
Aššur, Neo-Assyrian, c. 911-612 BCE.
Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin. Photo courtesy of CDLI.