Keywords : diseases


Fumigation and its uses in treating some of the diseases among the ancient Iraqis

Abdul Rahman Younis Abdul Rahman

Athar Alrafedain, 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 159-176
DOI: 10.33899/athar.2013.76844

Cuneiform texts related to medicine state that the method of fumigation was one of the medical treatment methods that were used in ancient Iraq to treat or contribute to many medical conditions. Fumigation was approved by the practitioner and the physician alike. The prevailing belief among the ancient Iraqis was that the main cause of diseases was the result of the wrath of the gods because of the sins committed by a person towards his gods, relatives, or a member of his family or clan. As for the doctor, he resorted to fumigation to treat many medical conditions that afflicted humans at the time, such as headaches, feet, ears, stomach and other diseases.