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Written in 1199 at the request of al-Qadi al-Fadil, the famous counselor and secretary to Saladin, On Poisons and the Protection against Lethal Drugs is distinguished rabbi Moses Maimonides’ guide to emergency first aid and readily available antidotes. This treatise—assembled from the existing medical literature as well as Maimonides’ own practice—proved highly influential amongst scholars and laypersons in both Jewish and non-Jewish circles alike.
Although On Poisons survives in several Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscripts, this is the first finished critical edition of the Arabic. The volume also includes critical editions of the medieval Hebrew and Latin translations and a glossary of material medica and technical terms. It will be essential for the shelves of scholars interested in Maimonides and medieval medicine.
Sigla and Abbreviations for the Arabic-English and Hebrew Texts
Sigla and Abbreviations for the Latin Texts
The Arabic Text of On Poisons
The Hebrew Translations of On Poisons
Introduction to the Latin Translations of Maimonides’ Treatise on Poisons (De Venenis)
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On Poisons and the Protection against Lethal Drugs
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The Hebrew Translation by Moses ben Samuel ibn Tibbon
The Anonymous Hebrew Translation
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The Latin Translation by Armengaud Blaise
The Latin Translation by Giovanni da Capua
The Anonymous Vatican Latin Translation
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Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica
Index to Ibn Tibbon’s Terms in the Glossary
Index to Zerahyah’s Terms in the Glossary
Notes to the Introductions and English Translation
Translations and Editions of Works by or Attributed to Moses Maimonides
Index to Armengaud Blaise’s Translation
Index to Giovanni da Capua’s Translation
Index to Anonymous Vatican Translation
Subject Index to the English Translation