The Life and Works of Avicenna
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This paper examines the work and enduring contributions of this 10th- and 11th-century Iranian Islamic philosopher and physician, Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Abd Allah ibn Sina (Avicenna). It details his medical career and examines his work "The Canon of Medicine," used in the Middle East and in Europe as a medical textbook as it is a systematic classification and summary of medical and pharmaceutical knowledge up to and including Avicenna's time. It also details Avicenna's best-known philosophical work "Kitab ash-Shifa" or "The Book of Healing" and looks at some of the same issues as does the Canon, although from a metaphysical as opposed to more purely physical perspective. Avicenna was a great man who helped to create a spirit of enterprise and innovation within the practice of medicine at the heart of modern Western medical philosophy.
From the Paper:"Although his name is relatively unknown in the West, Avicenna" or Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Abd Allah ibn Sina to give him his Arabic name " made substantial contributions to medicine, many of which would find their way into Western practice and remain influential well through the Renaissance and into the first years of the modernist world. This paper examines the work and enduring contributions of this 10th- and 11th-century Iranian Islamic philosopher and physician.
Born near Bukhoro (now in Uzbekistan) as the son of a government official, Avicenna studied medicine and philosophy in his natal town. Because his parents' house was a meeting place for intellectuals, he was able to profit from the teachings of (and conversations with) masters in many different disciplines. He was surrounded from birth with the learning and the questions of his age, and so his later accomplishments should not be entirely surprising."
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