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In this chapter, the example of nosebleed is used to illustrate in detail the method that is employed in medieval pharmacotherapy. Nosebleed, epistaxis, was chosen as the example case for the method because of its relative simplicity with regard to the amount of drugs used in the treatment and in respect to the description of the theoretical basis of the treatment. Nosebleed, al-ruʿāf, is discussed in K. al-Qānūn, Book III, Localised diseases from the head to the extremities of the body, Fann 5, About the states of the nose, Maqāla 1, About the [sense of] smell and its damages, and the fluxations. The Arabic commentaries discussed in the chapter are Ibn al-Nafī sʾ Mūjaz al-Qānūn, al-Jaghmīnīs Qānūnja fī al-ṭibb and its anonymous supracommentary. The chapter finally focuses on nosebleed in the last two commentaries on Kitāb al-Qān- ūn, those of Gentile da Foligno and Jacques Despars.

Keywords: al-Jaghmīnīs Qānūnja fī al-ṭibb; Gentile da Foligno; Ibn al-Nafī sʾ Mūjaz al-Qānūn; Jacques Despars; Kitāb al-Qān- ūn; medieval pharmacotherapy; Nosebleed



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