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Introduction: "Oeilmalade Etmauvais Oeil"

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The present group of papers resulted from a colloquiumat the Collège de France in June 2006, on the theme of "oeil malade et mauvais oeil" intending to highlight both the magical and medical aspects of ancient medicine. The papers all address some of the most important issues within ancient Babylonian and Greek medicine from different perspectives. Some papers discuss the social aspects of healing, trying to determine who the healers were and in what context they operated, while other authors examine the technical aspects of therapy, such as the type of plants used and how they were treated. There are three elusive themes to bear in mind while evaluating the present collection of papers. The themes concern 1) comparisons between Babylonian medicine and other contemporary systems of medicine in the region 2) the relationship(s) between magic and medicine, and 3) the social role of medicine/therapy within Babylonian society.

Keywords: Babylonian; Collège de France; colloquiumat; Greek medicine



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