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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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[46A] The seventh article


This article is about genital organs.

It consists of six chapters.20

Chapter one: Regarding penis diseases

Sometimes gases that could accumulate in the penis due to the heat and moisture could make the penis tense and erect without having any sexual activity. In this case, first, make the patient vomit several times after eating. Second, the patient should rub the pubes with a mixture of Armenian clay and vinegar and bandage the area aligned to the pubes with a mixture of soaked plantain seeds mixed with portulaca (water broad beans) water. He should also drink ruta graveoleus seeds and “al phinkhasq” seeds with cold water and eat colorful plant seeds cooked in almond oil.

Chapter two: Regarding the appearance of pre-seminal fluid and prostatic secretion

These two fluids appear either after a sexual activity and the need to have such an action, or after loosening in the semen producing organs, or from the intensity (severity) of the semen. The cure for the first one is to practice the sexual activity. For the second one, the usage of meryanthes paste with sage; and for the third one, the patient should drink a mixture of cold seeds with stimmed milk, rusk and portulaca (water broad beans).

Chapter three: Regarding testicular diseases

When there is hot swelling in the testicles, then bleeding should be done from the basilica and rub a mixture of sandalwood with rose mixed...

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