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QustI?a ibn Luqa's Medical Regime for the Pilgrims to Mecca: The Risala fi tadbir safar al-hI?ajj
     

QustI?a ibn Luqa's Medical Regime for the Pilgrims to Mecca: The Risala fi tadbir safar al-hI?ajj

by Bos
 

This work by Qusṭā Ibn Lūqā, the only known health guide for the pilgrim to Mecca, discusses in a concise and logical manner the best regime for the traveller, the diseases which may befall him and their treatment. It is an eloquent witness to the author's profound knowledge of the works of ancient physicians, especially those of the Byzantine

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This work by Qusṭā Ibn Lūqā, the only known health guide for the pilgrim to Mecca, discusses in a concise and logical manner the best regime for the traveller, the diseases which may befall him and their treatment. It is an eloquent witness to the author's profound knowledge of the works of ancient physicians, especially those of the Byzantine physician Paul of Aegina. After an exposition of the best regimen for the traveller, Qusṭā mentions the different diseases which may befall him, namely, fatigue, earache, diseases of the bronchial tubes and those caused by dust. Recommended remedies are simple and compound drugs, bathing and massage. Qusṭā then discusses criteria to determine the quality of water, means to improve bad water, and means to quench one's thirst. In the next chapters Qusṭā treats the prophylaxis against vermin and the treatment of stings and bites caused by them. After a lucid exposition of spontaneous generation, Qusṭā concludes his treatise by discussing the occurrence of the Dracunculus medinensis and its treatment.

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From the Publisher
'There is a wealth of interesting and important material, including much on materia medica, buried in the extensive commentary accompanying this careful and well-written translation.'
Emilie Savage-Smith, Bull. Hist. Med., 1993.
'...pourvu d'un apparat critique abondant et soigné. La traduction anglaise est fidèle; de plus de longues notes facilitent la compréhension de passages souvent techniques.'
C. Gilliot, Bulletin d'Islamologie et d'Études Arabes, 1993.
'...an excellent edition, translation and detailes commentary...'
Andrew J. Newman, Medical History, 1993.
'Il faut féliciter G. Bos d'avoir donné cette bonne édition du premier guide sanitaire pour les voyageurs, composé, en arabe, par l'un des plus grands savants du IXe siècle.'
Gérard Troupeau, Bulletin Critique des Annales Islamologiques, 1994.
'...a most valuable and commendable addition to our knowledge of medicine in the early medieval Near East, with relevance and importance to areas far beyond its immediate subject.'
Lawrence I. Conrad Bulletin School of Oriental & African Studies, 1995.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004095410
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Series:
Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies Series , #11
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Gerrit Bos, Ph.D. (1989) at the Vrije Universiteit, thesis: The Treatise of Qusṭā Ibn Lūqā on the Regimen during the Pilgrimage to Mecca.

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