While the Chaldeans are sometimes credited with introducing astrology, divination, and poisons to Babylon, this knowledge would have gone nowhere if not for the assimilation of Phoenician wisdom, particularly their system of writing. This allowed medical wisdom to be shared from generation to generation, and civilization to civilization.
The Phoenicians invented writing even before the Sumerians invented Cuneiform and before the Egyptians invented hieroglyphics. Even while their written language was primitive, it created a basic system that people could later advance and improve upon. The Phoenician writing system, therefore, was the basic model for letters of all later people. (1, page 29)
Thus, it might have been due to the wisdom of the Phoenicians that even gave medicine a chance to evolve around the Tigris, Euphrates and Nile Rivers. So it was the assimilation of the Phoenicians, and not just the Chaldeans, who helped the Babylonians advance medicine.
There, chomp on that wisdom while you wait for my next post.
- Baas, Johann Herman, author, Henry Ebenezer Sanderson, translator, "Outlines of the history of medicine and the medical profession," 1889, New York, page 29