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Medieval Islamic medicine

Author: Peter E Pormann; Emilie Savage-Smith
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2007.
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"The medical tradition that developed in the lands of Islam during the medieval period (c. 650-1500) has, like few others, influenced the fates and fortunes of countless human beings. It is a story of contact and cultural exchange across countries and creeds, affecting many people from kings to the common crowd. This tradition formed the roots from which modern Western medicine arose. Contrary to the stereotypical  Read more...
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Pormann, Peter E.
Medieval Islamic medicine.
Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)604901198
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter E Pormann; Emilie Savage-Smith
ISBN: 9781589011601 1589011600 9781589011618 1589011619
OCLC Number: 71581787
Description: xiii, 223 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The emergence of Islamic medicine --
Medical theory --
Physicians and society --
Practice --
Popular medicine --
Afterlife.
Responsibility: Peter E. Pormann, Emilie Savage-Smith.
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"The medical tradition that developed in the lands of Islam during the medieval period (c. 650-1500) has, like few others, influenced the fates and fortunes of countless human beings. It is a story of contact and cultural exchange across countries and creeds, affecting many people from kings to the common crowd. This tradition formed the roots from which modern Western medicine arose. Contrary to the stereotypical picture, medieval Islamic medicine was not simply a conduit for Greek ideas, but a venue for innovation and change. Medieval Islamic Medicine is organized around five topics: the emergence of medieval Islamic medicine and its intense crosspollination with other cultures; the theoretical medical framework; the function of physicians within the larger society; medical care as seen through preserved case histories; and the role of magic and devout religious invocations in scholarly as well as everyday medicine. A concluding chapter on the "afterlife" concerns the impact of this tradition on modern European medical practices, and its continued practice today. The book includes an index of persons and their books; a timeline of developments in East and West; and a section on further reading."--Back cover.

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