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This chapter focuses on a limited issue using limited material, we can see more clearly the changes in therapy which took place. Such is the case when we use a medieval Arab medical encyclopediaIbn Sīnā's Kitāb-al-Qānūn- and five of its commentaries to take a closer look at the relationship between the causes of an illness, its symptoms, theoretical therapeutic recommendations and practical prescriptions. Two epitomes are discussed, one commentary on an epitome, one fully-fledged commentary discussing the whole text in detail, and one more glossary-type commentary. A comparison is then made with modern pharmacology, in order to see whether the core drugs were more efficacious than the remainder of the drugs used for the treatment, or what might have been the reasons for choosing them.

Keywords: Al-Jaghmīnī; Gentile da Foligno; Ibn al-Nafīs; Ibn Sīnā; Jacques Despars; Kitāb-al-Qānūn; medieval pharmacotherapy; Qānūnja



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