Book ID: CBB969386753

Arabian Drugs in Medieval Mediterranean Medicine (2017)


Amar, Zohar (Author)

Edinburgh University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 296 pp.
Language: English

For more than one thousand years Arab medicine held sway in the ancient world, from the shores of Spain in the West to China, India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in the East. This book explores the impact of Greek (as well as Indian and Persian) medical heritage on the evolution of Arab medicine and pharmacology, investigating it from the perspective of materia medica – a reliable indication of the contribution of this medical legacy. Focusing on the main substances introduced and traded by the Arabs in the medieval Mediterranean – including Ambergris, camphor, musk, myrobalan, nutmeg, sandalwood and turmeric – the authors show how they enriched the existing inventory of drugs influenced by Galenic-Arab pharmacology. Further, they look at how these substances merged with the development and distribution of new technologies and industries that evolved in the Middle Ages such as textiles, paper, dyeing and tanning, and with the new trends, demands and fashions regarding spices, perfumes, ornaments (gemstones) and foodstuffs some of which can be found in our modern-day food basket.

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Review John Riddle (2019) Review of "Arabian Drugs in Medieval Mediterranean Medicine". Pharmacy in History (pp. 51-52). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ventura, Iolanda
Federici Vescovini, Graziella
Alakbarli, Farid
Stearns, Justin K.
Rassamakin, Yuriy
Holod, Renata
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Medieval Encounters
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Edizioni Cadmo
Johns Hopkins University Press
Città del Sole Edizioni
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Science and religion
Dioscorides, Pedanios
al-Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakariyyā
Alberti, Leon Battista
Time Periods
11th century
13th century
Early modern
Mediterranean region
Caucasus Mountains (Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia)
Persia (Iran)

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