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Avicenna's Medicine

A New Translation of the 11th-Century Canon with Practical Applications for Integrative Health Care

Avicenna's Medicine( )
Author: Avicenna,
Abu-Asab, Mones
Amri, Hakima
Micozzi, Marc S.
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:Inner Traditions International, Limited
Imprint:Healing Arts Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $35.00
Book Description:

The first contemporary translation of the 1,000-year-old text at the foundation of modern medicine and biology * Presents the actual words of Avicenna translated directly from the original Arabic, removing the inaccuracies and errors of most translators * Explains current medical interpretations and ways to apply Avicenna's concepts today, particularly for individualized medicine * Reveals how Avicenna's understanding of the "humors" corresponds...
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Detailed Subjects: Medical / Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1.2 Inches
Book Weight:1.77 Pounds
Author Biography
Avicenna (Author)
The most famous of the philosopher-scientists of Islam, Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn-Abd Allah ibn-Sina, known in the West as Avicenna, was born in Bukhara, Persia, and died in Hamadan. After a long period of wandering through Persia, he became the court physician of Shams al-Dawlah in Hamadan and composed the Kitab ash-shifa (The Book of Healing), a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and the Canon of Medicine, among the most famous books in the history of medicine.

Avicenna was a Neoplatonic thinker whose influence was felt throughout the Christian West during the Middle Ages. Medieval thought reacted powerfully to the rediscovery, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, of the work of Aristotle, which had already been exercising the intellects of Islamic thinkers for some time. Hence, many of the doctrinal disputes that arose in Europe in the course of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries reflect the opposing views of Arab thinkers, notably those of Averroes and Avicenna.

Avicenna's thought had developed out of a variety of sources. In addition to Plato there were influences of Stoic logic and earlier Islamic theological philosophers. One of Avicenna's more important beliefs was that God is the Necessary Existent, the necessary ground from which all existent things proceed. In themselves, he argued, nothing that exists does so necessarily; that is, it may or may not be. Everything that exists must therefore have a cause, and the chain of such causality would be an infinite regression without God, the one necessary being. God is thus the cause of all existence and of all things being as they are. This necessitarian limitation provoked a severe reaction among western thinkers, who saw it as a limitation placed on God's freedom.


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