Reference: “Clay tablets from the cradle of civilization provide new insight to the history of medicine,” phys.org
An aspiring Mesopotamian doctor named Kisit-Ashur, took the time to document his medical training 2700 years ago on clay tablets.
According to the Danish researcher studying the tablets, the ancient form of medical practice involved “diagnosis, descriptions of symptoms, prescriptions, incantations, prayers and rituals.” One could say that modern thinking isn’t a lot different. True, modern doctors don’t perform incantations over their patients, but family and friends routinely pray for their loved ones to recover from an illness.
Kisit-Ashur’s training show a progression of responsibility much like today’s medical training. However, Kisit-Ashur’s practice involved both religious rituals and plant based remedies. His writings also indicate a practice of observations to make conclusions on disease and treatments.
I find it interesting that Kisit-Ashur took the time to document his training. Was it to educate others on the process of medical training, or was it a personal diary? We may never know. In either case, it helps us to understand how the medical profession trained and practiced 2700 years ago.
It’s also a good thing that he documented his training on tablets. I suspect that fiber material would have decayed into dust by now, and we would never know of Kisit-Ashur and his medical training.