The Sage of Seville: Ibn Zuhr, His Time, and His Medical Legacy

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American Univ in Cairo Press, 2008 - History - 192 pages
Ibn Zuhr (or Avenzoar) of twelfth-century Seville was the most important physician of Muslim Spain. His family boasted six generations of physicians, and also included midwives, jurists, poets, and viziers. His Kitab al-taysir, a compendium of therapeutics, was translated into Latin and Hebrew; its Latin version, Liber Teisir, served as a companion book to the Colliget, the Latin translation of Kitab al-kulliyat, a largely theoretical book of the philosopher-physician Ibn Rushd (Averroes). The rabbi-physician Maimonides quoted extensively from Ibn Zuhr and considered him "unique in his age and one of the great sages." But Ibn Zuhr was not just a keen observer of patients and a dispenser of remedies: buried within his generally dry narrative are candid recollections and views on a variety of subjects and of his society. And his medical recipes could be compared to current forms of alternative medicine. Together, his holistic approach to medicine and his spontaneous vignettes make him one of the most refreshing physicians of any age. This account of the life and legacy of Ibn Zuhr, the first of its kind, reveals the man and his world, his importance in his own times, and his relevance to our world today. Against a modern culture of often impersonal, bureaucratized, and costly health care, Ibn Zuhr's embodiment of the wisdom of the ages and his role as healer-priest can be an inspiration.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
Landmarks in the History of Muslim Spain
11
The Zuhr Medical Dynasty
17
A ThreeStep Metamorphosis
29
was an adolescent
45
Khawass Occult Remedies and Other Astounding Recipes
55
A Warty Tumor of the Gut and Meat Diet
69
A Cordial Rivalry
75
From Johannitius to John of Capua and the Translation
93
His Eclipse and Rediscovery
105
Epilogue
111
Important Milestones in Islam 5701453
117
Notes
123
Bibliography
165
Index
187
Copyright

Ibn Zuhrs Medical Disciple
83

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About the author (2008)

Henry Azar graduated in medicine from the American University of Beirut, earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is emeritus professor of pathology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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