Medical Sciences 9th Century | Inventions by Muslims

 medical sciences 9th century

Medical Sciences 9th century

The Muslims have made a lasting contribution to the development of Medical Science. Al-Razi (Rhazes), Ibn Sina (Avicenna), and Abu Ali al-Hasan (Alhazen) were the greatest medical scholars of mediaeval times. And there works were being TAUGHT IN WEST FOR 700 YEARS.

Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakarīya al-Rāzi is known in the West as Rhazes. According to al-Biruni, a great Muslim scientist, he was born in Rayy, Iran in the year 865 AD (251 AH), and died there in 925 AD (313 AH)

Al-Razi was a versatile Persian physician, philosopher, and scholar who made fundamental and enduring contributions to the fields of medicine, alchemy, and philosophy, recorded in over 184 books and articles in various fields of science. He was well versed in Greek medical knowledge and added substantially to it from his own observations. He was unquestionably one of the greatest thinkers of the Islamic World, and had an enormous influence on European science and medicine.

He was the inventor of “Seton”. ‘Seton’ is the thread or similar object inserted beneath the skin to provide drainage or to guide subsequent passage of a tube, in surgery. Further more he was the author of ‘Al-Judari wal Hasbak’, authentic book dealing with measles and small pox, describing how to distinguish then from each other. Seen as one of the greatest physicians in the world in the Middle Ages, Al-Razi stressed empirical observation and clinical medicine and was unrivalled as a diagnostician. He also wrote works on hygiene in hospitals.

The 10th century surgeon al-Zahrawi was the first to develop sophisticated surgical tools for operations. He also made plaster to help broken bones heal. Al-Zahrawi developed pioneering operative techniques, including the ceasarean section.

Avicenna wrote ‘Al-Qanun Jil Tib known as Cannon’, which was the most widely studied medical work of mediaevel times and was reprinted more than twenty times during the last 30 years of the 15th century in many different languages. The book remained a standard textbook even in Europe, for over 700 years.

The contagious character of the plague and its remedies were discovered by Ibn Katina, a Moorish Physician. Other significant contributions were made in pharmacology, such as Ibn Sina’s ‘Kitab al-Shifa’ (Book of Healing), and in public health.

Every major city in the Islamic world (Muslim caliphate) had a number of excellent hospitals, some of them teaching hospitals, and many of them were specialized for particular diseases, including mental and emotional.

The Ottomans were particularly noted for their building of hospitals and for the high level of hygiene practiced in them.


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