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27 07, 2017

Al Razi – Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-01-21T10:49:36-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

A manuscript copy of Al Razi's writing (from 1094 AD) Where was al Razi from? Al Razi was born in Iran, in the Samanid kingdom, in 865 AD. That was when Iran was part of the Abbasid Empire. The Samanids were traders. They had plenty of money. They liked to spend money on education and the arts. [...]

7 06, 2017

History of Chinese Medicine

By |2019-09-13T07:00:05-07:00June 7th, 2017|China|10 Comments

Chinese medicine: a Chinese village doctor treating a man by burning herbs on his back (Song Dynasty, ca. 950 AD., now in National Palace Museum, Taiwan) What's the earliest Chinese medical book? Doctors wrote the earliest known Chinese medical writing, The Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments, about 186 BC, around the beginning of the [...]