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The Medical Formulary of Al-Samarqandi

The Medical Formulary of Al-Samarqandi
And the Relation of Early Arabic Simples to Those Found in the Indigenous Medicine of the Near East and India

Martin Levey and Noury Al-Khaledy

384 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512803921 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
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An Anniversary Collection volume

The Medical Formulary of Al-­Samarqandi demonstrates the high development of pharmacology by the Arabs in the Middle Ages. It was far from a dark period in science for it was in this area, as well as in Arabic optics and chemistry, that experimental science first began to develop. This is shown by al-Samarqandi's work which describes many new drugs, chemical processes, and a more advanced pharmacological theory. No part of this work has ever before been brought to the notice of historians of medicine. For the first time, the authors give a complete translation of this Aqrâbōdhīn in order to present a complete picture of the pharmacological knowledge of the day.

There is a comprehensive section of Notes and Comments with particular attention being drawn to the present-day usage of old Arabic drugs, the employment of the drugs in the much earlier al-Kindi Medical Formulary, and to the etymological discussion of Arabic plant names not studied in previous works on the subject. Finally there is a Glossary of Arabic-English terms and a selected Bibliography.

Martin Levey was Professor of History of Science at State University of New York at Albany. Noury Al-Khaledy was Professor of Arabic at Portland State College.

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