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Cough can have many different causes, which can oen be diagnosed according to sound and the way in which the symptom occurs. Ibn Sī nās description of cough and cough therapy is found in the 10th Fann of Kitāb al-Qānū n, On the Conditions of the Lung and the Chest, in the 3rd Maqāla, On Cough and Hemoptysis. Ibn Sī nā wrote that cough is to the chest as sneezing is to the brain. This chapter discusses all five Arabic and Latin commentaries together. All of them pay considerable attention to cough, showing that the treatment of cough was an important part of the doctors practical repertoire. The chapter compares the medical efficacy of drugs with their frequency of mention in prescriptions to see how much the objective, empiric, repeatable medical effects might have been responsible for the authors drug choices.

Keywords: Arabic commentaries; Cough; Ibn Sī nā; Kitāb al-Qānū n; Latin commentaries; medieval pharmacotherapy



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