Canon of Medicine



Ibn Sina’s famous Canon of Medicine (Qanun fi al-tibb) comes to life in English with this translation. It is a clear and ordered Summa of all the medical knowledge of Ibn Sina’s time augmented from his own observations. It is divided into five books. The first contains generalities concerning the human body, sickness, health and general treatment and therapeutics (This is a translation of Volume 1 only).

The traditional concept of medicine, as presented here, differs profoundly from the…

Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease



During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there was a tubercular `moment’ in which perceptions of the consumptive disease became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty, playing out in the clothing fashions of the day. With the ravages of the illness widely regarded as conferring beauty on the sufferer, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in both beauty practices and dress. While medical writers of the time believed that…

Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend



Paperback. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 696 Publisher: Penguin whether Honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed. Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented and Misunderstood As the Lady with the Lamp of the ministering to The Wounded and dying of the Crimean War . she offers an enduring image of sentimental appeal and one that is permanently lodged in our national consciousness. But the awesome scale of her achievements over the course of her 90 years is infinitely more…