Prof Rabie E Abdel-Halim
On History of Medicine
'History of Science and Technology in Islam', the very rich website authored by Prof. Ahmad Yousef al-Hassan, the world-famous scholar in the history of Arabic and Islamic science and technology and founder in 1974 of the academically reputed Institute of Arabic Science at the University of Aleppo who passed away on 28th of April 2012 .
A link to the latest publication of the author, not included yet in this website, can be reached here (including a link to the full Arabic text of the article).
Another publication of the author titled 'Medicine in the Middle Ages: New Insights and a Call for Further Research' (not included yet in this website), can be seen here.
Video presentations of some of the articles published in this site can be seenhere.
The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization (FSTC) recently interviewed the author of this site. This is a link to the summary of the interview the full text of which together with a biography can be seen here.
Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Medical Librarry, Washington: a site "about Islamic medicine and science during the Middle Ages and the important role it played in the history of Europe". Here is the link to its home page
“The British Library collection of Arabic Manuscripts is world-famous. It is one of the largest collections in Europe or North America, comprising almost 14,000 manuscripts, representing nearly 20,000 works covering a broad subject scope including sciences and medicine”. “The British Library’s Collection of Incunabula (15th century printing) is, similarly, unrivaled in size and scope: some 12,500 incunabula representing about 10,390 editions, out of an estimated surviving 28,000 editions. The invention of printing with movable type saw the beginning of a mass production and a Europe-wide mass distribution of texts and associated images. This created radically new conditions for the diffusion of ideas, information, and artistic styles throughout Renaissance Europe”. Many of those fifteenth century editions document the influence of Islamic Medieval Medicine on Europe. Such an evidence can also be found in a group of “153 Medieval Medical Manuscripts held in the Harleian Collection, one of the foundation collections of the British Library. These codices are of the greatest importance for the history of medieval medicine in Western Europe as they span from the eighth century to the early 1500s”.
History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links: a very rich website published by the History of the Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association.
The Foundation for Science Technology and Civiization (FSTC)' MuslimHeritage.com: "a site designed to bring life to Muslim Heritage and to discover 1000 years of missing history and explore the fascinating Muslim contribution to present day Science, Technology, Arts and Civilisation".
Catálogo de fondos digitalizados of theBiblioteca Histórica de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. This important catalog contains bibliographical details and images of Medieval Latin editions of the Arabic works of several Islamic medical scholars.
Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities published by Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Chicago, USA republished one of the articles included in this site(Lithotripsy: a Historical Review) by the permission of the author who added several historical notes and more figures to the original publication. Click here to see the expanded article.
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Last addition 14th of December 2012
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