Avicenna Writes His Canon of Medicine (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Avicenna writes his Canon of Medicine, a five-book medical encyclopedia that serves as the authoritative source in both the Islamic world and Europe for half a millennium.
Summary of Event
In 1015, at the age of thirty-five, Avicenna (ibn Sina) completed the first of five books that would make up his Canon of Medicine, a task undertaken because he believed that neither the Classical nor Islamic world had produced a book that could teach the practice of medicine as an integral whole. The end result of his efforts was a medical encyclopedia that would become the most influential single work in the history of medicine, remaining the authoritative text for both the Islamic and European worlds for five centuries.
Avicenna was one of the greatest philosophical and scientific minds produced by medieval Islam as well as a highly capable physician and political administrator. He was born in 980 near Bukhara, then the capital of the Persian Samanid dynasty, the son of a local governor who opened his house for learned men to meet and discuss theological and philosophical issues. Avicenna, who had a private tutor since early childhood, mastered the Koran and a substantial body of Arabic poetry by the age of ten and then was instructed in Aristotelian logic...
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