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The publication of this book was supported by The Edubba Foundation, The Elisabeth Munksgaard Foundation and The Augustinus Foundation.

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Names: Arbøll, Troels Pank, author.

Title: Medicine in ancient Assur : a microhistorical study of the Neo-Assyrian healer Kiṣir-Aššur / Troels Pank Arbøll.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021] | Series: Ancient magic and divination, 15667952 ; vol. 18 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020029398 (print) | LCCN 2020029399 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004436077 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004436084 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Medicine, Assyro-Babylonian. | Medicine, Ancient.

Classification: LCC R135.3 .A73 2021 (print) | LCC R135.3 (ebook) | DDC 610.938—dc23

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ISSN 1566-7952

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