Avicenna

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QuotationMarkLeft.png a medical bible for a longer period than any other work. QuotationMarkRight.pngWilliam Osler

Abu Ali al-Hussain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina (Avicenna, Skaihal-Rai’s -Leader among Wise Men) (981-1037) wrote Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (Qanun), the 'canon' which was the standard medical text book for 2 centuries once translated into Latin by Gerard of Cremona, in the 15th century. He described:

  • Contagious nature of Tuberculosis
  • Spread of diseases by water and soil
  • Interaction between psychology and health
  • Meningitis
  • Treatment for lachrymal fistula
  • Anatomy of the eye
  • Nerves resposible for muscular contraction and the perception of pain.
  • Rates of bone healing

See Dr Risk's account http://www.cybermedic.org/avicenna.htm

Avicenna. Great medieval physician