The Physician as a Rebellious Intellectual: The Book of the Two Pieces of Advice or "Kitab al-Nasihatayn" by c Abd al-Latif ibn Yusuf al-Baghdadi (1162-1231)- Introduction, Edition and Translation of the Medical Section - Beihefte zur Mediaevistik 18 (Paperback)N. Peter Joosse (author)
Paperback 214 Pages / Published: 27/03/2014
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The medical section of the Kitab al-Nasihatayn or Book of the Two Pieces of Advice by the medieval author cAbd al-Latif ibn Yusuf al-Baghdadi (1162-1231) challenges the idea that Arabic-Islamic medicine declined after the twelfth century A.D. Moreover, it offers some interesting insights into the social history of medicine. cAbd al-Latif composed his work as a diatribe directed against false knowledge, and employed the framework of Greek medical epistemology to criticize the rationalist physicians of his day and age. He argued that female and itinerant practitioners, relying on experience, were superior to some rationalists, and decried the wickedness and incompetence of certain medical practitioners of his time. In addition, he lambasted contemporaneous medical education because it put too much faith in a restricted number of textbooks such as the Canon of Medicine by the celebrated physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna), or chiefly relied on imperfect abridgments. The medical section of the Book of the Two Pieces of Advice is translated here for the first time in a modern language. It is preceded by a lengthy introduction that highlights cAbd al-Latifs complicated relation to both medicine and alchemy. The present study also contains the first full bibliography on cAbd al-Latif ibn Yusuf al-Baghdadi and his milieu.
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition
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