The Key to Medicine and a Guide for Students
Contributions by: Aida Tibi
This book - from Garnet Publishing's series Great Books of Islamic Civilization - was written in the early 11th century by a physician who was also the author of a treatise on philosophy and was famous for his Arabic poetry. For a medieval work - as an introduction to medicine intended for students - Ibn Hindu's book is refreshingly meticulous in its analysis and is modern in its outlook. Ibn Hindu (d. 423/1032) discusses various disciplines that a medical student should have been familiar with, including a lengthy digression into philosophy and logic. He then deals with matters specifically medical, devoting separate sections to anatomy, diseases, pulse, and names of medicinal substances.
Publication Date: 1/11/2010