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Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts


Arabic calligraphy which translated into English means Medicine is a science from which one learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what is not, in order to preserve good health when it exists and restore it when it is lacking. Medicine is a science from which one learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what is not, in order to preserve good health when it exists and restore it when it is lacking.

Ibn Sina, the opening to the Qanun fi al-tibb

Cover of the brochure for the Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts an exhibit at the National Library of Medicine 12 September - 31 December 1994.

[The Online Version of]
A Brochure to Accompany an Exhibition in Celebration of the
900th Anniversary of the Oldest Arabic Medical Manuscript
in the Collections of the National Library of Medicine


By Emilie Savage-Smith
University of Oxford
National Library of Medicine - Bethesda, Maryland
1994


Table of Contents


Arabic calligraphy which translated into English means the physician, with his medical art and his drugs, Cannot avert a summons that has come, What ails the physician that he dies of the disease That he would have cured in time gone by? There died alike he who administered the drug and he who took it, And he who imported and sold the drug, and he who bought it. The physician, with his medical art and his drugs,
Cannot avert a summons that has come,
What ails the physician that he dies of the disease
That he would have cured in time gone by?
There died alike he who administered the drug and he who took it,
And he who imported and sold the drug, and he who bought it.

Verses upon the death in Baghdad of the physician Yuhanna ibn Masawayh in 857 (243 H).


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