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September 10, 2013

     The presence of an established tariff for the practice of medicine and surgery in the Code of Hammurabi (the sixth king of Babylon), 1800 BCE (Before Christian Era), suggests that the profession had begun to establish itself well before then, perhaps dating to the Sumerian civilization (between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers) of 4000 BCE.

     Understanding the cause of disease and the operation of remedies in ancient Babylon (modern day Iraq) was deeply intertwined with primitive folk medicine and a belief in supernatural forces.  Rational understanding of organ systems and functions of the human body was impossible.  There was, however, categorization of a wide variety of ailments, grouped according to the part of the body that was affected.  Treatment consisted of a long list of vegetable, mineral and animal substances, including excreta.  The treatments were specially prepared for administration, in ways impossible to ascertain, and either applied directly to th...

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