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November 4, 1950

Outline of Arabic Contributions to Medicine

JAMA. 1950;144(10):885. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920100073045

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In this small but useful book, the author has gone far toward achieving his aim—to present an introduction to Arabic medicine and to arrive at a fair estimate of its contributions to medicine and its allied sciences. Incidentally, a useful terminologic distinction is offered in reserving the linguistic term "Arabic medicine" for whatever was written in Arabic, whether by Hebrews, Persians, Greeks, Christians, Jews or others, as opposed to "Arabian" or "Islamic" with their racial and religious connotations. Also, incidentally, another useful detail is found in the rather extensive index, where, if many references are given to a subject, the main one is indicated by a parenthesis. The author, who makes no pretense of being a professional historian, is, however, well equipped for his task both by his background and training in the Near East and his considerable practical experience in the United States. As a result, imperfections of style

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