The World of Pharmacy and Pharmacists in Mamlūk Cairo

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BRILL, 2010 - Social Science - 318 pages
This is the first detailed analysis of an immensely popular 13th c. Arabic guide for pharmacists, from a time in which Jewish physicians and pharmacists worked alongside Muslim and Christian practioners. "Minh j al-dukk n" ("How to manage a pharmacy"), by Ab l-Mun al-K h n al- A r (fl. 1260) is the first attempt to explore the full spectrum of pharmacy in the medieval Arabic world: identification of the materia medica and methods of preparation; pharmacy's place within the sciences and particularly its relationship with medicine; the social position of the pharmacist and his role in the marketplace and the hospital; the economics of pharmacy; legal aspects of pharmacy; and the image of the pharmacist in literature and drama. The result is a full and nuanced picture of a section of society usually invisible.
 

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Contents

The place of pharmacy and pharmacology in Arabic
4
Chapter One Minhāj aldukkān as a pharmaceutical text
13
Summary
45
Chapter Three Practical knowledge in Minhāj aldukkān
77
chapter 25
96
Chapter Four The pharmacist and the scientific context
111
Chapter Five The pharmacist in the marketplace
145
The pharmacist in popular literature
161
The pharmacist in chronicles
169
Conclusion
175
Appendix Two The recipes of Minhāj aldukkān
185
Appendix Three Tests for verifying materia medica
271
Appendix Four Glossary of medicopharmaceutical
280
General index
297
Index of materia medica
310
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Leigh Chipman, Ph.D. (2006) in Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, works on the social and intellectual history of Islamicate medicine. She has published on Arabic pharmacology and on the materia medica of the Cairo Genizah.

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