Avicenna's Medicine: A New Translation of the 11th-Century by Marc S. Micozzi, Mones Abu-Asab, Hakima Amri

By Marc S. Micozzi, Mones Abu-Asab, Hakima Amri

The 1st modern translation of the 1,000-year-old textual content on the beginning of recent medication and biology

• offers the particular phrases of Avicenna translated at once from the unique Arabic, removal the inaccuracies and blunders of so much translators

• Explains present clinical interpretations and how one can follow Avicenna’s thoughts this day, relatively for individualized drugs

• unearths how Avicenna’s realizing of the “humors” corresponds at once with the biomedical sessions recognized this day as proteins, lipids, and natural acids

A millennium after his lifestyles, Avicenna is still some of the most very hot physicians of all time. His Canon of medication, sometimes called the Qanun, is likely one of the most renowned and influential books within the historical past of medication, forming the foundation for our glossy figuring out of human healthiness and sickness. It targeted now not easily at the remedy of indicators, yet on discovering the reason for affliction via humoral diagnosis—a technique nonetheless utilized in conventional Unani and Ayurvedic medications in India.

Originally written in Arabic, Avicenna’s Canon was once in the past translated into Latin, Persian, and Urdu, but a few of the inaccuracies from these first translations linger in present English translations. Translated without delay from the unique Arabic, this quantity comprises particular observation to give an explanation for present biomedical interpretations of Avicenna’s theories and how you can practice his remedies this day, rather for individualized drugs. It indicates how Avicenna’s figuring out of the humors corresponds without delay with the biomedical definition of proteins, lipids, and natural acids: the nutrient construction blocks of our blood and physique. With this new translation of the 1st quantity of his huge paintings, Avicenna’s Canon turns into simply as proper at the present time because it was once 1,000 years ago.

“The subsequent time you stopover at your health practitioner, whisper a prayer of because of Avicenna, simply because a number of the foundations of contemporary medicine--empirical statement, objectivity, and rationalism--surfaced via his towering genius a millennium in the past. Avicenna’s drugs is a helpful hyperlink in medicine’s wealthy heritage. because the authors clarify during this magnificent translation, Avicenna’s relevance to our period has no longer been exhausted.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., writer of therapeutic phrases and One Mind)

“Avicenna’s drugs represents a breath of clean air to these drawn to the heritage of Western medication. it really is offered in a continually transparent and concise shape that makes Avicenna’s writings obtainable to the English reader. moreover, a couple of chapters at the start of the e-book act as a primer within the rules of Graeco-Arabic drugs. Avicenna’s medication is without doubt one of the finest and interesting volumes that has come my manner in decades. It presents perception right into a drugs that may be a ancient a part of the advance of contemporary Western medication and an ethnic conventional medication that continues to be roughly practiced at the Indian subcontinent and in a few components of the center East. this can good serve to re-light a resurgence of curiosity in Avicenna’s medication within the West; anything it absolutely deserves.” (Paul Hysen, Ph.D., medical professional of Naturopathy and Chiropractic)

“While it truly is meant for a clinical viewers, Avicenna’s drugs is obtainable to an individual who's attracted to a holistic method of health...” (Renee Twombly, Georgetown scientific middle magazine, August 2013)

“A booklet like this can be tremendous well timed. ..It is an excellent representation, on a superior medical foundation, of what a conventional scientific approach can carry to the twenty first century medication and clinical debates. it really is in no way a simple learn, yet one who calls for a pen in hand and time to mirror upon the tips expressed inside of. This workout of interpretation is an effective creation to conventional medication pondering that may be of curiosity to scholars, students, and the intellectually curious.” (Herbalgram, Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., July 2014)

“Avicenna’s Canon is not just an important and influential unmarried textual content within the historical past of drugs, it's also the most paintings of reference for an important conventional institution of drugs that remains alive and has a lot to educate us this present day. the current translation, Avicenna’s drugs, is welcome not just since it makes some of the rules of the Canon available in English but in addition since it bargains with useful purposes of its rules for these attracted to holistic or integrative drugs anyplace they could be.” (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, writer of technology and Civilization in Islam and professor of Islamic reports at)

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Indd 31 6/5/13 2:54 PM 32 Concepts of Unani Medicine body. The novel concept in this statement is that it ties the aging process to cellular respiration and hydration. As we explain on pages 117 and 118, the hydration of the cell is a by-product of respiration, which produces water as well as energy (any chemical combustion process ­combines ­carbohydrate with oxygen and converts it to carbon dioxide and water). Moisture in the cells and tissues does not come only from the water and liquids that we drink.

Perhaps they are finally on their way to reaching the same conclusions that are in Avicenna’s Canon! ”* Finally, Avicenna’s Canon brings an uncommon universality to medicine in both theory and practice that he himself may never have imagined. ” † *Gruner, “Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine,” 239–48. †Afnan, Avicenna: His Life and Works. indd 16 6/5/13 2:54 PM C h a pter 1 Concepts of Unani Medicine A Primer Although the predecessors of the current Western medical system (WMS) descended from antecedents within the Unani tradition, the WMS certainly does not presently resemble the classical Unani medicine in any aspect—not even in the concepts that form the bedrock of Unani theory and practice.

Matching Avicenna’s description of the humors with our current knowledge of biochemistry, one may conclude: • Blood humor is homologous to peptides (small proteins made of amino acid, the building blocks of proteins). indd 13 6/5/13 2:54 PM 14 Introduction • Phlegm is homologous to macromolecules of peptides and proteins. • Yellow bile is homologous to fat. • Black bile is homologous to all other residual macromolecules such as nucleic and organic acids and other byproducts of metabolism such as lactic and uric acids.

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