A literary history of medicine: 'The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians' by In Abi Usaybiah (d. 1270)


  • Prof Simon Swain

    University of Warwick

  • Prof Emilie Savage-Smith

    University of Oxford

Project summary

The 13th century book on which this project is based covers 1700 years of medicine and was written both to entertain and to inform. It is not only the earliest comprehensive history of medicine, but is also the most important and ambitious of the medieval period. This historical source will be available for the first time in reliable translation and study, resulting in a step-change in our knowledge of medical history in Medieval Islam.