Dr. Hakima Amri publishes an academic book on Greco-Arabic Medicine

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While the traditional medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic Indian Medicine, and Naturopathy, just to name a few, are all well documented in the United States, the Greco-Romano-Arabic medical system which contributed to renaissance remains largely unknown.  The famous yet unknown Canon of Medicine (Qanûn fi’t-tibb [Arabic]) by the Arabic speaking polymath of Persian origin Avicenna (ca. 980-1037 CE) is probably the largest encyclopedia of this medical system produced during the middle Ages and taught in Europe until the 17th century. Its comprehensive five volumes cover the entire spectrum of medical knowledge of that time from the theoretical basis of medicine to the practical aspects of prevention and treatment of ailment. Her book titled: Avicenna’s Medicine: A New Translation of the 11th-Century Canon with Practical Applications for Integrative Health Care, is not only the first translation of the first volume of the Canon directly from Arabic into English but also biomedical-based commentaries explaining his ancient medical observations in light of today’s scientific knowledge.