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Abbreviation of the Qanun of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S102
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Abbreviation of the Qanun of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)
Date(s): [19th century]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 vol.
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Abu Ali al-usayn ibn Abd Allah ibn Sina also known as Ibn Sina and commonly known in English by his Latinized name Avicenna (980-1037) was a Persian polymath, physician and Islamic philosopher. The Qanun (trans: The Canon of Medicine) is one of the most important of the works of Ibn Sina. It is divided into five books, of which the first deals with general principles; the second with simple drugs arranged alphabetically; the third with diseases of particular organs and members of the body from the head to the foot; the fourth with diseases which though local in their inception spread to other parts of the body, such as fevers and the fifth with compound medicines.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript abbreviated version of the Qanun (trans: The Canon of Medicine) of Ibn Sina (Avicenna).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Single item.

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Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Acquired by the College Library from the estate of Roy Dobbin in 1938.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the College Archives in April 2008.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2008

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