Original Contributions of Physicians During the Islamic Era

  • Farid S. Haddad Curator of the Sami I. Haddad Memorial Library, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
Keywords: History of Medicine, Islam, Pre-Modern, Arabic,


This article mentions a few examples of original clinical descriptions and new therapeutic procedures gleaned from the available Arabic medical literature. They show that Arabic medical literature is replete with new original discoveries (not yet completely published), which are wrongly attributed to other more recent European authors. At the foundation of Islamic culture were two powerful pillars: intellectual curiosity and tolerance. There is much more research to be done in order to evaluate, at its true worth, the part Arabic texts played in the forward march of medicine.


History of Medicine