The Comparable Body - Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine explores how analogy and metaphor illuminate and shape conceptions about the human body and disease, through 11 case studies from ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman medicine. Topics address the role of analogy and metaphor as features of medical culture and theory, while questioning their naturalness and inevitability, their limits, their situation between the descriptive and the prescriptive, and complexities in their portrayal as a mutually intelligible medium for communication and consensus among users.
John Z. Wee, Ph.D. (2012), Yale University, is Assistant Professor of Assyriology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of books and articles on medicine and astronomy in Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman antiquity, including Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary (Brill, 2018).
Contributors are: M. Erica Couto-Ferreira, Lesley Dean-Jones, Janet Downie, Brooke Holmes, J. Cale Johnson, Paul T. Keyser, Rune Nyord, Strahil Valentinov Panayotov, Courtney Ann Roby, Ulrike Steinert, John Z. Wee