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The Little Qanun of Ibn Sina

Little Model of the Great Qanun

Kadircan Hidir Keskinbora

Ibn Sina wrote many books on various scientific branches, many of which are on philosophy, religion, music, medicine, astronomy, physics, and natural sciences. Some sources state that the number of books he has written is over 240; 153 of these have been discovered. Among his valuable books, the two most well-known books are «al-Shifa», which deals mostly with philosophy, and the five-volume «al-Qānūn Fī al-Tibb», which is a complete medical encyclopedia. The Little Qanun is the model of «al-Qānūn». The idea of publishing this book struck the author’s mind when he thoroughly dealt with Avicenna’s views and thoughts. It is hard to imagine such discoveries were generated more than one thousand years ago.

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Prof. Dr. Kadircan H. Keskinbora is a professor of Ophthalmology. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics from Istanbul University. He has published many articles in Ophthalmology as well as in the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics. The author conducted comprehensive studies on the scientific and philosophical achievements of Avicenna and sought to make further discoveries from his findings. He received the Avicenna Prize of France in 2016. He is the Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at Namık Kemal University and is currently the Head of the Department of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul.

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