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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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This article is about fever. There are seven chapters.

Chapter one: Regarding daily fever

This type of fever happens from intensive fatigue, exposure to hot sun or intensive cold, eating spicy food, intensive anger or grief, and being exposed to some other reasons that can lead to have this type of fever which could last for 24 hours. The person who suffers this type of fever should be treated gently, and the fever can be cured by preparing juices and syrups prepared with cold water. If the person had eaten recently, then he should not eat more, and he should drink cold juices and syrups. If the patient fears that the fever might increase then he has to consume: cold soup with very little sugar and a piece of bread dipped in pomegranate juice. When the fever is gone, the patient could have a bath and can eat normal food but slightly.

Chapter two: Regarding the fever that happens every day with sputum

This type of fever generates from rotten sputum, which comes from the stomach and body veins. The cure for this will be making the patient vomit, if he is capable of vomiting and does not have any other complications, by using cooked turnip with honey and vinegar and eating a mixture of olive oil with vinegar mixed with soft, clean sesame oil and white sugar. Whenever a person mixes food and has that type of symptoms, then...

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