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This front matter section of the book Disease in Babylonia contains the table of contents, and the foreword. This book is the first collection of studies on the specific subject of disease in Babylonia, based upon actual medical texts, with contributions by senior scholars who have spent years working on published and unpublished cuneiform medical texts. The word "fire" as a symptom of disease is perhaps attested in a group of Middle Babylonian letters from Nippur, which use the word "fires" and "fever", even in the same context; "fever" has been the interpretation of the word "fire" in these letters although recently, "abscess" has been suggested as a better translation.

Keywords: Babylonia; disease; Nippur



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