On leeches, dogs, and gods in Old Babylonian medical incantations

N. Wasserman*

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This article examines a small group of Old Babylonian incantations which deal with "worms", showing that these "worms" are in fact leeches - probably the oldest description of leeches known hitherto. The relation of leeches to the goddess of healing, Gula, is evident, but the question of the exact use of these enigmatic creatures in ancient Mesopotamian medicine remains open.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
JournalRevue d'Assyriologie et d'Archeologie Orientale
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


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