Registered: December 2004
Author: Ibn Sfn, al-oeay¢ al-Ra'£s ab£ 'Al£ al-usayn ibn 'Abd 'Allh ibn al-asan
Shelf Number: Medicine 2738
Dimensions: 30 x 20 cm
Copying Year: Unknown
The three books: [al-Qnn f£ al-
ib] together with [al-w£] by [al-Rz£] and [al-Malak£] by [Ab al-Abbs Al£ ibn al-Abbs al-Mags£], are considered the most important studies of medicine written in Arabic language. [al-Qnn] is distinguished among these three by being more comprehensive, and treating many subjects in a thorough order and exact divisions since it is divided into five books each containing a great number of subjects, educational instructions, topics and chapters. It had been printed more than once and represents one of the oldest books printed in Europe since its first edition appeared in Rome in 1593AD. It had also been translated into Latin by Girard de Crimon in the 12th Century AD. Two other editions appeared in Venice in 1591AD and 1708AD. [Al -Qnn] had been also amongst the first books printed in Cairo by [Blq] Press in 1294H. The book studies the basic principles of medicine, whether general or specific. It is divided into five books. The first treating the general practices of medicine and is divided into four subjects. The second treating the singular treatments classified according to arrangements of general practices. The third treating the different sorts of sickness which attacks a specific member of the human body and is subdivided into twenty subjects. The fourth treating the sickness that attacks the body as a whole, subdivided into seven subjects. The fifth treating the compound medicines known in Arabic as [Aqrbin] and is subdivided into several articles. This copy is written in [Nas¢] script by [Ism£l ibn Musin ibn Al£ al- al-ib£], and was finished on Monday the 19th of [afar] 1182H. A table of contents exists at the beginning, covering the five books mentioned above. Moreover, there is a table of contents at the beginning of each of the five books covering its subjects.