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      The Future of the Realm: Medicine and Divination in Ancient Syro-Mesopotamia

      American Journal of Nephrology

      S. Karger AG

      Legislation, Divination, Omen, Extispicy

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          The contributions of Syro-Mesopotamian cultures to the understanding of illnesses and organ functions have been sought in examination of medical and therapeutic texts. These provide a wealth of knowledge on prevalent diseases and nascent empirical therapeutics. There are, however, other sources of information relevant to this topic that have not been as thoroughly explored. Examination of representative arts, for example, provides documentations of the breadth of anatomical knowledge in these cultures. Study of the omen literature is useful in illustrating beliefs in disease etiology as well as documentation of prevalent diseases and observations on anatomical variations. In the present article we explore the various sources for information relevant to the kidney and related diseases.

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          Journal
          AJN
          Am J Nephrol
          10.1159/issn.0250-8095
          American Journal of Nephrology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6855-5
          978-3-318-00128-0
          0250-8095
          1421-9670
          1999
          April 1999
          23 April 1999
          : 19
          : 2
          : 133-139
          Affiliations
          Renal Division, Baxter Healthcare Corp., Deerfield, Ill., USA
          Article
          13439 Am J Nephrol 1999;19:133–139
          10.1159/000013439
          10213807
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 6, References: 15, Pages: 7
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          Categories
          Origins of Nephrology – Antiquity

          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Extispicy, Omen, Divination, Legislation

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