Babylonian Physicians in the 1st Millennium ВС

Dandamayev Magomed A.


This paper considers the evidence of Neo-BabyIonian documents on physicians (asu). Some of them served in temples and were given money and food for their work. Other physicians are referred to together with royal merchants and other state officials. Such physicians apparently were in royal service. But in the majority of cases the physicians were independent specialists who treated other people for their diseases for payment, but such services were rendered without making any written contracts. Therefore their routine activities were not mentioned in any texts. For this reason our information about them is very limited.