Decline and Decadence in Iraq and Syria after the Age of Avicenna?: 'Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baghdādī (1162-1231) between Myth and History

  title={Decline and Decadence in Iraq and Syria after the Age of Avicenna?: 'Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baghdādī (1162-1231) between Myth and History},
  author={N. Joosse and N. P. P. E. Pormann},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  pages={1 - 29}
'Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baghdādī's (d. 1231) work Book of the Two Pieces ofAdvice (Kitāb al Nasīḥatayn) challenges the idea that Islamic medicine declined after the twelfth century AD. Moreover, it offers some interesting insights into the social history of medicine. 'Abd al-Laṭīf advocated using the framework of Greek medical epistemology to criticize the rationalist physicians of his day; he argued that female and itinerant practitioners, relying on experience, were superior to some rationalists. He… Expand
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