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NinMed: Medicine fit for a king

This is the project website for 'Introducing Assyrian Medicine: healthcare fit for a king' (220149/Z/20/Z), with generous funding from the Wellcome via a Research Resources Award to the British Museum.

Among the remains of the great Library of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria (668-c. 630 BC), are clay tablets containing an incredible medical handbook. The "Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia" is the world's most standardised, structured and systematised corpus of medical literature prior to Galen. The tablets were broken into fragments during the sack of Nineveh in 612BC. NinMed is reconstructing these tablets and translating them into English. Our aim is to make the Encyclopaedia freely and fully accessible to all researchers interested in the history of medicine.

Read about the project on the British Museum blog []

A tablet from the Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia

A tablet from the Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia. Treatise VIII Stomach. K 71b []. Copyright Trustees of the British Museum. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 []

NinMed is funded by the Wellcome Trust. It is directed by Jon Taylor (BM), in collaboration with Mark Geller (UCL).


Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor, 'NinMed: Medicine fit for a king', The Nineveh Medical Project, The Nineveh Medical Project, Department of the Middle East, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, 2022 []

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