Al kindi: The documenter of Islamic medicine

March 12, 2011 - 0:0

Al-Kindi (800-870), another of the great Islamic polymaths, further contributed to the history of medicine. This scholar was heavily influenced by the work of Galen, and also made unique contributions of his own to the field.

In his Aqrabadhin (Medical Formulary), he described many preparations drawn from plant, animal and mineral sources.
To the drugs known to physicians such as Hippocrates and Galen, he added knowledge drawn from India, Persia and Egypt. Like many Islamic works, the books contained information based upon medicinal herbs, aromatic compounds, such as musk, and inorganic medicines.
It could, quite legitimately, be argued that the Islamic contribution to the history of medicine saw the first divide between medicine and pharmacology as separate sciences.
(Source: Experiment-resources)