The Millennium Anniversary of Al-Zahrawi (Albucasis): Commemorating Plaques and Medals

 Two photos for the front and back of an interesting Al-Zahrawi bronze medal recently acquired from e-Bay yet with no available information on its date or occasion of issuing, neither from the vendor nor from the internet. The front engraving shows Al-Zahrawi holding an instrument in his right hand perhaps his invented straight catheter. He is surrounded by a group of six persons seated at a slightly lower lever, most probably being his students. In front of one of them is a pot on a stand. It is not clear what the contents are and hence the purpose of the pot cannot be reasonably guessed.

Inscribed on the back of the medal is the following text: “Albucasis (cc. 936 A.D. – 1009 A.D.) He preserved the surgical  knowledge  of the Greco-Roman culture and transferred it to a reawakened West.” . Although the more accurate date of Al-Zahrawi’s death is 1013 and despite the fact that he was not a mere compiler or just a transferor of knowledge, that medal is worth including with the other  material in this Al-Zahrawi Millennium page.

It is very much appreciated if any of the respected  visitors who have more information about that medal could kindly contact us..

Al-Zahrawi’s Catheter Plaque:

Al-Zahrawi's Urethral Catheter PlaqueA memorial plaque commemorating Al-Zahrawi invention of the straight urethral catheter made of silver.  A model of the catheter is shown together with the page from an original manuscript of the thirtieth maqala of Kitab Al-Tasrif showing the illustration of a straight catheter and other instruments together with the text describing, in details, the technique of catheterisation. The plaque was presented  as  a gift to guest speakers  at the 18th Saudi Urological Conference held at King Abdel-Aziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia (21st-23rd February 2006).

Al-Zahrawi’s Michaab Plaque:

Al-Zahrawi's Michaab PlaqueA memorial plaque commemorating Al-Zahrawi invention of the Michaab, a primitive lithotrite he used to crush an impacted urethral  stone without the need for cutting.  A model of the catheter is shown together with the text in Arabic with an English translation describing the operative technique introduced by Al-Zahrawi’s Tasrif (the Arabic text  includes an original illustration for the Michab). The plaque was presented  as  a gift to guest speakers  at the 17th Saudi Urological Conference held at The Military Hospital, Al-Dhahran,  Saudi Arabia (7th – 10th March 2005).

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