Avicenna's Medicine: A New Translation of the 11th-Century by Marc S. Micozzi, Mones Abu-Asab, Hakima Amri

By Marc S. Micozzi, Mones Abu-Asab, Hakima Amri

The 1st modern translation of the 1,000-year-old textual content on the origin of contemporary medication and biology

• offers the particular phrases of Avicenna translated at once from the unique Arabic, elimination the inaccuracies and error of such a lot translators

• Explains present clinical interpretations and how you can follow Avicenna’s options this day, fairly for individualized drugs

• finds how Avicenna’s figuring out of the “humors” corresponds without delay with the biomedical sessions identified this day as proteins, lipids, and natural acids

A millennium after his lifestyles, Avicenna is still the most very popular physicians of all time. His Canon of medication, often referred to as the Qanun, is without doubt one of the most renowned and influential books within the background of drugs, forming the foundation for our sleek knowing of human healthiness and affliction. It targeted no longer easily at the remedy of signs, yet on discovering the reason for disorder via humoral diagnosis—a procedure nonetheless utilized in conventional Unani and Ayurvedic medicinal drugs in India.

Originally written in Arabic, Avicenna’s Canon was once some time past translated into Latin, Persian, and Urdu, but the various inaccuracies from these first translations linger in present English translations. Translated without delay from the unique Arabic, this quantity contains specified observation to provide an explanation for present biomedical interpretations of Avicenna’s theories and how you can practice his remedies at the present time, fairly for individualized medication. It exhibits how Avicenna’s figuring out of the humors corresponds at once with the biomedical definition of proteins, lipids, and natural acids: the nutrient construction blocks of our blood and physique. With this new translation of the 1st quantity of his huge paintings, Avicenna’s Canon turns into simply as proper this present day because it was once 1,000 years ago.

“The subsequent time you stopover at your health care provider, whisper a prayer of due to Avicenna, simply because the various foundations of contemporary medicine--empirical remark, objectivity, and rationalism--surfaced via his towering genius a millennium in the past. Avicenna’s drugs is a important hyperlink in medicine’s wealthy historical past. because the authors clarify during this awesome translation, Avicenna’s relevance to our period has now not been exhausted.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., writer of therapeutic phrases and One Mind)

“Avicenna’s drugs represents a breath of clean air to these drawn to the background of Western drugs. it's offered in a constantly transparent and concise shape that makes Avicenna’s writings obtainable to the English reader. furthermore, a few chapters before everything of the ebook act as a primer within the rules of Graeco-Arabic drugs. Avicenna’s medication is likely one of the finest and interesting volumes that has come my approach in many years. It presents perception right into a drugs that could be a historic a part of the improvement of recent Western medication and an ethnic conventional drugs that continues to be kind of practiced at the Indian subcontinent and in a few components of the center East. this can good serve to re-light a resurgence of curiosity in Avicenna’s medication within the West; whatever it absolutely deserves.” (Paul Hysen, Ph.D., health care professional of Naturopathy and Chiropractic)

“While it really is meant for a clinical viewers, Avicenna’s drugs is out there to a person who's drawn to a holistic method of health...” (Renee Twombly, Georgetown scientific heart magazine, August 2013)

“A booklet like this is often super well timed. ..It is an excellent representation, on a superb medical foundation, of what a conventional clinical method can carry to the twenty first century drugs and scientific debates. it truly is by no means a simple learn, yet person who calls for a pen in hand and time to mirror upon the guidelines expressed inside. This workout of interpretation is an efficient creation to standard medication considering that may be of curiosity to scholars, students, and the intellectually curious.” (Herbalgram, Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., July 2014)

“Avicenna’s Canon is not just crucial and influential unmarried textual content within the background of drugs, it's also the most paintings of reference for a big conventional college of medication that remains alive and has a lot to coach us this day. the current translation, Avicenna’s medication, is welcome not just since it makes a few of the principles of the Canon available in English but additionally since it bargains with useful purposes of its ideas for these interested in holistic or integrative medication anywhere they may be.” (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, writer of technological know-how and Civilization in Islam and professor of Islamic reviews at)

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There are four major humors: blood (dām), phlegm (bālghām), yellow bile (sāfrā’), and black bile (sāudā’). The characteristics of each humor, like temperaments, are associated with those of one of the physical elemental qualities (hot, cold, moist, and dry). Thus, blood humor (dām) is hot and moist, phlegm (bālghām) humor is cold and moist, yellow bile (sāfrā’) is hot and dry, and black bile (sāudā’) is cold and dry. The proper balance of the humors within the body determines the health state of the body and mind, that is, the humors determine the physiological state of health.

The Essentials of Life: Heat and Water As will become evident throughout this book, there are two factors intertwined with the theory and practice of Unani (as well as other traditional medical systems); these are heat and moisture. Ancient philosophers adhered to these two characteristics of matter because they are always fixed to the matter (the elements) and can be felt and measured in a comparison between two objects. indd 41 6/5/13 2:54 PM 42 Definition of Medicine and Its Topics how without these two factors life as we know it would not have appeared on Earth.

1. Avicenna’s Canon is based on the Unani “Tibb” medical system. This ancient system dates back to the Egyptians and combines science and philosophy simultaneously to create a comprehensive understanding of health and disease. Topics of Medicine 41 Hippocrates (ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE) and Galen (ca. 129 CE–199/201 CE), who both studied medicine in Egypt. Although the works of Hippocrates and Galen were available in Aramaic (a Semitic language widely used in greater Syria), Arabic translations did not become available until the seventh and eighth centuries.

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