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September 11, 1926

Arabian Medicine and Its Influence on the Middle Ages.

JAMA. 1926;87(11):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680110071040

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The school in the history of medicine headed by Dr. Charles Singer has given us during recent years many valuable contributions. Not the least of these is the present work on Arabian medicine, fitting it into its proper place as the promoter of science after the decline of the Greco-Roman civilization. The author was for some time connected with the British forces in the Far East, and therefore approaches the work with intimate understanding and sympathy. He points out that the Arabians raised the medical profession from a menial position to that of a learned profession; that they were the first to introduce systematically arranged illustrations in their medical writings; that they introduced the idea of legal control of qualifying examinations for admission to medicine, and that they aided the dissemination of Greek culture into a wider field. The two volumes in which these facts are elaborated include records of

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