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Selections from the History of Medicine Collection

October 16, 2018 – February 16, 2019

The cultural transmission that took place between the second half of the 8th century to roughly the 15th century engaged and transformed our understandings of medicine and related subjects. This exhibition highlights the tremendous work of authors, scribes, and translators while simultaneously showcasing Duke University Libraries’ History of Medicine Collection. 

EVENT: The Kenan Institute and the Duke Library  will hold a two-day symposium on 1-2 November 2018 entitled “Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives,” showing how the accomplished Arabic medical writings of the medieval Middle East and Spain were discovered, translated, and assimilated by a previously wholly unsophisticated European world. The symposium will mark the opening of the exhibition of Arabic medical manuscripts at Perkins Library. 

A keynote lecture by Prof. Cristina Alvarez Millán of the UNED (Madrid), “Arabic Medicine in the World of Classical Islam: Growth and Achievement” will open the symposium and exhibition on the evening of November 1. A reception will follow. On Friday, November 2, two panels will track the astonished Europeans as they encounter and assimilated that medicine.

This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb (Canon of Medicine), Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna) (Medica Press,1593)