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In accordance with Jewish religious practice, sacred books which were no longer to be used were not idly discarded, but were committed to such a Genizah or buried. Medicine as a foremost subject in Genizah has been given due attention only in last few years, with the publication of a catalogue of medical and para-medical manuscripts in the Cambridge Genizah Collection by Isaacs and Baker. This is the introduction chapter of the book, which attempts to contribute to the following categories: rearrangement and a fresh classification of medical fragments, more precise identification of materia medica, reconstruction of inventory of practical materia medica in medieval Cairo. It paints a better picture and provides a wider perspective of the practical daily medicine of Genizah people. The book concentrates on the contribution of Genizah fragments to research in the field of medicine and its different aspects, mainly the practical uses of materia medica.

Keywords:Cairo medicine; Genizah people; Isaacs and Baker; Jewish religious practice; materia medica; medical fragments; sacred books



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