February 20, 1960


Author Affiliations

Shiraz Medical Center Nemazee Hospital Shiraz, Iran.

JAMA. 1960;172(8):852. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020080082027

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, Aug. 4, 1945, the filler on page 1003 cites a common error, that of calling Avicenna a "most distinguished Arab physician." Avicenna, or Abu Ali al Hussein ibn Sina, was a Persian, born of Persian parents in 980 A. D., in Khormisan, near Bukhara, then the Persian capital but now in the U. S. S. R. He became physician to several Iranian kings and finally minister to one of them. Of his 283 books, some were in Persian but most of them in Arabic, the language of science at that time, as Latin was to be later. (Yahya Mahdavi: Bibliographie D'lbn Sina, University Tehran, no. 206, in Persian.) Ibn Sina died in 1037 A. D. in Hamadan, the Ecbatana of Alexander's time. An imposing memorial honors him there.

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