Ottoman Medicine: Healing and Medical Institutions, 1500-1700

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SUNY Press, Jul 2, 2010 - History - 293 pages
First work in English devoted to medicine in the Ottoman world.

The social history of medicine in the Ottoman Empire and the historic Middle East is told in rich detail for the first time in English. Accessible and engaging, Ottoman Medicine sheds light on the work and power of medical practitioners in the Ottoman world. The enduring significance and fascinating history of Ottoman medicine emerge through a consideration of its medical ethics, troubled relationship with religion, standards of professionalism, bureaucratization and health systems management, and the extent of state control. Of interest to healthcare providers, healers, and patients, this book helps us better understand and appreciate the medical practices of non-Western societies.

Miri Shefer-Mossensohn is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University.
 

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Contents

1 Medical PluralismPrevention and Cure
21
The Integrative Body
63
Medical Benevolence and Social Order
101
4 Spaces of DiseaseDisease in Space
145
Ottoman MedicineOttoman?Successful?
181
The sick are cured within three days
191
List of Hospitals Discussed in the Book
197
Notes
199
Bibliography
241
Index
271
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Miri Shefer-Mossensohn is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University.

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