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6 09, 2017

Human body – history of medicine

By |2019-09-04T04:51:54-07:00September 6th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest known medical texts about the human body. From Egypt, about 1550 BC How does the human body work? Doctors have been trying to figure out how the human body works since the Stone Age, and there are still many things we don't know about the human body even [...]

4 09, 2017

Medicine and doctors in the Roman Empire

By |2019-07-15T22:20:43-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|1 Comment

Roman medicine: Galen used surgical instruments like these What do we mean by Roman medicine? Roman medicine is really West Asian and African medicine. That's because most of the great doctors of the Roman Empire lived in West Asia (in Turkey and Syria), or in Africa (in Egypt), not in Europe. Egyptian doctors [...]

7 08, 2017

Science in Early Modern Europe

By |2019-09-08T07:03:52-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|0 Comments

Early modern science: Tycho Brahe (He looks funny because his nose got cut off in a duel and he wore a false one made of brass.) New observatories in Europe Europe's colonialism and slave trading brought a lot of money to Europe. By 1600 AD the fashion for building new observatories that had swept from China west [...]

4 08, 2017

Peter Paul Rubens – European art history

By |2017-08-04T15:40:52-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Rubens (self-portrait), 1620 AD Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany in 1577. At that time, the Holy Roman Emperors were weak and there were a bunch of civil wars going on. His father, who was a lawyer, was also a Calvinist - a Protestant. The family fled to Cologne before Rubens was born, because of fighting between [...]

27 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic medicine

By |2019-08-22T09:31:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

Islamic medicine: From an Ottoman manuscript, two doctors telling the pharmacist how to make different medicines Writing medical encyclopedias Doctors made big scientific advances in medicine during the Islamic empire. The Islamic Empire was rich enough from Silk Road trade and trading on the Indian Ocean to pay a lot of doctors and scientists, [...]

27 07, 2017

Ibn Sina – Islamic medicine

By |2019-10-04T07:58:44-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam|9 Comments

Where ibn Sina came from: Uzbekistan Ibn Sina and the Samanids in Uzbekistan Ibn Sina (known to Europeans as Avicenna) was a scientist. He was born about 980 AD in the north-eastern part of the Abbasid Empire. That was in the kingdom of the Samanids. (It's modern Uzbekistan.) Who were the Samanids? Medieval Islamic science All our medieval Islam [...]

27 07, 2017

ibn al-Nafis – Discoveries of Islamic scientists

By |2019-09-06T09:40:40-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

Illustration in Ibn al-Nafis Who was ibn al Nafis? Ibn al Nafis was born in Syria in the early 1200s AD, just as the power of the Seljuks was collapsing. He studied medicine in Damascus (in Syria) at first, but then moved to Cairo, in Mamluk Egypt, to work with the best doctors of his time (and [...]