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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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[47A] The eighth article


This article is about gout disease, sciatica, and joint pains.

The origins of the abovementioned diseases are all the same, but they have different names due to their locations. If one of the feet’s joints is affected, then it is called gout; and if the hip area is affected, then it is called either hip pain or sciatica. Also if the joints are affected, then it is called joint pain, but if this pain is located in the joints of the back bones, then it is called back pain.

If there is some indication of fever, high pulse, and redness or dark yellowness in the urine, then bleeding should take place from that specific area. The patient should drink cooked terminalia and colchicum and bandage the joints of the thump with a mixture of plantago seeds soaked in vinegar and mixed with rose water. Food restrictions should be applied to the patient and he should eat light meals. The best will be eating nuts marinated in fresh oil solution till the pain is relieved. If there is no pain, the patient can eat grouse.

When the pain is severe with clear symptoms, the patient should vomit for couple of times, and then he should drink the “al stamkhiqoun” seed juice or be injected with a mixture of hot oils and ripe boiled bone water. He should be made to suffer hunger and only eat once a day for two days. When the...

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