Conceptos de transmisión de la enfermedad en Mesopotamia : algunas reflexiones
Couto, Érica

Date: 2007
Abstract: Illness is shown in most cuneiform texts as a state, the result of a process that leads from health to physical and psyc hological uneasiness. Sometimes experienced as a subjective suffering, sometimes seen as a literary object, or perceived as the main concern i n therapeutic practice, illness appears as an enormously complex reality. Assuming this multifaceted profile of illness, I will try to analyze the idea of contact as a crucial element to explain the action of diseases over the human being. The use of the "physical" verbs lapātu ("to run one's hand over something, to touch lightly"), mahā§ u ("to hit") and §abātu("to seize, to grasp") in indicating the fact of contact-contagion, reveals parallelisms between the literary images of demons attacking and immobilizing their victims, and the references included in the later m edical texts.
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Language: Castellà
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Published in: Historiae, Núm. 4 (2007) , p. 1-23, ISSN 2462-3636

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