- medical examination of the liver.
- examination of the livers of sacrificed animals as a technique of divination.
Origin of hepatoscopy
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Hepatoscopy or divination from the liver was undertaken by the Chaldeans for the purpose of determining what the gods had in mind.Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria
Hepatoscopy falls within the former category, Astrology and Birth-omens in the latter.
Hepatoscopy and Birth-omens thus followed the same course in passing from the distant East to the West.
- Examination of the liver.
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