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November 2016

Avicenna—A Pioneer in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Traditional Iranian Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • 2Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • 3Department of Traditional Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(11):1257. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0026

Avicenna (Ibn-e-Sina), one of the most popular medieval Persian medical scientists and practitioners, had a profound influence on medical science(s). He contributed to various fields of medicine, including dermatology. In ad 980, Avicenna was born in Afshaneh, a village near Bukhara in the northeastern part of medieval Persia. His father was a local governor of the Samanid dynasty. He started his education by learning the Quran and went on to learn philosophy and medicine when he was only 10 years old. By age 18, he was a famous physician. Because he succeeded in treating the king’s ailment, he was granted access to the Royal Library of the Samanid dynasty. Avicenna used access to the library become more familiar with his Persian, Greek, Roman, and Indian predecessors’ depth of knowledge.

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