Treatment of Anorectal Diseases by Al-Rāzī

  • Adil H. Al-Humadi SUNY at Buffalo
  • Sadiq Al-Samarrai SUNY at Buffalo
Keywords: Anorectal Disease, History of Medicine, Islamic medicine, Rhazes

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/41-3-5116

This paper examines the writings of Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakariyyā al-Rāzī (d. 313 AH/925 CE), known to Europeans as Rhazes, regarding anorectal disease, including hemorrhoids, incontinence, fissures, rectal prolapse, ulcers, itching, abscesses, solid swelling and fistulas. His writings reveal that the surgical treatment of anorectal disease was well-recognized and treated with utmost care and diligence.

Author Biographies

Adil H. Al-Humadi, SUNY at Buffalo
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery
State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
Sadiq Al-Samarrai, SUNY at Buffalo
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
Published
2009-11-24
Section
History of Medicine