An ancient medical
system devised in Mesopotamia, in modern-day
a patient would be diagnosed by a physician, not by inspecting
that patient, but the livers of some sacrificed
animals. The liver was believed at this time
to be the source of our blood, which meant it was the source of life itself. Following this
logic, people therefore believed that the will of the gods could be divined by inspecting
the livers of sacrificed
sheep. Each section of the liver was believed to correspond to a particular deity, and clay models of sheep's livers have
been found dating back as far as 2050 B.C.
Patient: "Doctor, what's wrong with me!?"
Mesopotamian physician: "Hmm, by the laws of hepatomancy, allow me to inspect my sheep's liver, so we may gather a proper