Islamic Medicine

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Describes Islamic Medicine and how it changed medicine in general. Key - Blue: Stayed the same Orange: Changed Green: Individuals Purple: Religion

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Islamic Medicine
1 Causes of Disease
1.1 Four humours
1.2 Demons possessed the body and caused mental illness
2 Hospitals
2.1 More female doctors
2.1.1 Treated women and girls
2.1.2 Preferred to males during childbirth
2.1.3 Based on preference
2.2 Treated all ill regardless of status
2.3 Mostly secular
2.4 Financed from revenues of bequests
2.5 Cured illnesses unlike Christian hospitals
3 Surgery
3.1 Rarely practiced outside hospitals
3.2 Much more than in Greece and Rome
3.3 Mostly from Greek and Roman texts
3.4 No anaesthetics
3.4.1 Opium from poppies used to induce sleep
3.4.2 No surgery deep in body
3.5 Advanced eye surgery
3.5.1 Treatments for cataracts and trachoma
3.6 Cauterization
3.6.1 Burn skin or flesh after operating
3.6.2 Stems bleeding
3.6.3 Prevents infection
4 Chemistry and Alchemy
4.1 Kerosene discovered
4.1.1 Soap and antiseptics invented
4.2 Based on previous writers eg. Greeks and Egyptians
4.3 Introduced precise observation, controlled equipment and careful records
4.4 Distinguished between acids and alkalis
4.5 Studied and made drugs
4.6 Described chemical processes
4.6.1 Distillation
4.6.2 Sublimation
4.6.3 Recrystallisation
4.6.4 Roasting
4.6.5 Digestion
4.6.6 Amalgamation
4.6.7 Washing
4.6.8 Calcination
4.6.9 Ceration
4.6.10 Solution
5 Anatomical Knowledge
5.1 Al-Nafi did research about circulation
5.1.1 Didn't like to dissect due to Shari'ah
5.1.2 Disagreed with Galen's ventricle theory Found blood from right ventricle is carried to the left by the lungs
5.2 Al-Haytham studied the eye
5.2.1 Led to more advanced eye surgery
5.2.2 Theory of image formation Refraction of light passing between 2 media of different densities
5.3 Dissection of humans allowed but not widely practiced
5.3.1 Seen by some as a way of demonstrating the design and wisdom of God
5.3.2 Dissection of animals allowed e.g. live lion Greater knowledge of stomach When food enters the stomach it dilates and its layers stretch
5.4 Improved knowledge of bones due to famine in Egypt
5.4.1 Jaw one piece not two
5.5 Mostly based on Galen
6 Treatment
6.1 Mostly plant-based
6.1.1 Poppy Pain reliever
6.1.2 Hemp Seeds used to aid childbirth
6.1.3 Fennel Used to calm people down
6.1.4 Garlic Given to people with heart problems
6.1.5 Willow Antiseptic
6.2 Mercuric chloride
6.2.1 Disinfect wounds
6.3 Surgery (see other section)
6.4 Bleeding
7 Important people
7.1 Al-Razi
7.1.1 Distinguished measles from smallpox
7.1.2 Placed pediatrics as a separate field 'Father of Pediatrics'
7.1.3 Pioneered opthalmology
7.1.4 Discovered allergic asthma
7.1.5 Studied immunology and allergies
7.1.6 Spatulas, flasks and phials attributed to him
7.2 Ibn Sina
7.2.1 Wrote many books Book of Healing Scientific encyclopedia Canon of Medicine UCLA and Yale still teach principles in the work in history of medicine 5 part medical encyclopedia Explains how medicines should be tested
7.2.2 Views on psychology more practical and scientific than Al-Razi
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