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January 2017

Rhazes—His Life and Contributions to the Field of Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Traditional Medicine, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa, Iran
  • 2Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • 3Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(1):70. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0144

Description and treatment of dermatologic disorders date back to antiquity. There are several great Eastern and Western physicians who should be considered as game changers in the field of dermatology. Rhazes (Rāzī) was one of them. His life began in ad 865 in Rey, near the present capital of Iran, Tehran (then) Baghdad. His father, a famous goldsmith, encouraged him to get involved with alchemy in his early life. Discovery and purifying of ethanol in addition to sulfuric acid were great findings in his early career.