A Medical History of Persia and the Eastern Caliphate: From the Earliest Times Until the Year A.D. 1932 (Cambridge Library Collection - History of Med
By: Cyril Elgood (author)Paperback
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Published in 1951, this book presents a continuous history of the art and practice of medicine in Persia (Iran), from the earliest times to the twentieth century. Elgood's prefatory chapter defines the scope of the History, and informs the reader of his extensive resources - due to his knowledge of Persian and Arabic, he was able to study original manuscripts of medical historians in the Middle East. He also draws upon his own experiences, having lived and practised in Iran for many years. Packed with medical curiosities and little-known facts, the book describes the impact of Western medicine on Persia from the seventeenth century, and includes discussion of the status and lifestyle of women, and the high status and great influence of Persian doctors. Placing the story of medicine against the background of general Persian history, Elgood demonstrates the important part played by Persia in the world's history of medicine.
Preface; 1. From the earliest times to the death of Alexander; 2. From the death of Alexander to the foundation of Islam; 3. From the foundation of Islam to the death of the Caliph Harun-ul-Rashid; 4. From the accession of al-Amin to the caliphate to the extinction of the Qurra family; 5. The place of ophthalmology in Arabian medicine; 6. The rise of the Buwayhid family; 7. Avicenna and Rhazes; 8. The Seljuqs and the last of the caliphs; 9. Arabian medicine in theory; 10. Arabian medicine in practice; 11. The Mongol domination; 12. The empire of Tamerlane; 13. The Safavids; 14. The East India Company in Persia; 15. The early Qajars; 16. The mission of Sir John McNeill; 17. The introduction of western medicine; 18. The Sanitary Council and the Quarantine Service; 19. The nationalization of the medical services; 20. Arabic research and medicine; Index.
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