Historical Images: Ibn Sina and His Canon of Medicine

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“THE ENDURING RESPECT IN THE 21ST CENTURY FOR A BOOK WRITTEN A MILLENIUM EARLIER IS A TESTIMONY TO IBN SINA’S ACHIEVEMENT” –  Mona N. Tibi and Emilie Savage-Smith

Compiled by Malik Merchant
Editor, Simergphotos.com & Simerg.com

INTRODUCTION: On Sunday November 25, 2012, Simergphotos began a weekly/bi-weekly series of historical illustrations that underline an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme. This third piece in the series is based on Wellcome Library’s Arabic manuscript collection, and includes the well-known medical encyclopedia, the Canon of Medicine, by the famous Ismaili practitioner Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna.

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Portrait of Avicenna, Medicin, Chap. 134. Engraving, early 17th cent.(?). Many physicians in the Islamic world were outstanding medical teachers and practitioners. Avicenna (980-1037 CE) was born near Bokhara in Central Asia. Known as the ‘Prince of Physicians’, his Canon of Medicine (medical encyclopedia) remained the standard text in both the East and West until the 16th century and…

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