A Medical History of Persia and the Eastern Caliphate: From the Earliest Times Until the Year A.D. 1932

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

From the earliest times to the death of Alexander
From the death of Alexander to the foundation of Islam
From the foundation of Islam to the death of the Caliph Hrún-ul-Rashád
From the accession of al-Amán to the caliphate to the extinction of the Qurra family
The place of ophthalmology in Arabian medicine
The rise of the Buwayhid family
Avicenna and Rhazes
The Seljuqs and the last of the caliphs
Arabian medicine in theory
Arabian medicine in practice
The Mongol domination
The empire of Tamerlane
The Safavids
The East India Company in Persia
The early Qjrs
The mission of Sir John McNeill
The introduction of western medicine
The Sanitary Council and the Quarantine Service
The nationalization of the medical services
Arabic research and medicine
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