Code of Hammurabi

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Code of Hammurabi

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Code of Hammurabi


Definition A code of laws promulgated by Hammurabi, the great Amorite king of Babylon in Mesopotamia, the culture of which flourished circa 2000 BC.

Comment Physicians–asu were skilled in herbal medicine, mineral cures, snakebites, fractures, and visible sores; they were under strict government regulation; fees were fixed by law, based on the patients’ ability to pay and the seriousness of the disease; payment was made only upon recovery of the patient, and asu were severely punished for failure–e.g., loss of a nobleman’s sight would translate into loss of the physician’s hand, and so on. In the attached image, the Code is being applied.


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