The Origins of Islamic Medicinal Knowledge

“I prefer a short life with width, to a narrow one with length.” ~ Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

After Muhammed’s (a.s.) death in 632/11 the young Islamic movement moved up North and passed the borders of the Arab peninsula into Syrian-Byzantian territory and into the areas of what is known as the Sassanid or Persian empire. The early influences of these cultures on Islam, stretched into architecture, art, and in particular also into medicine and patient care in hospitals. The medical school and hospital to Gondeshapur in the South of what is nowadays Iran was the very foundations of early Islamic hospital culture also known as Bimaristans, a Persian word.

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