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This chapter focuses on diabetes, which is one of the most striking examples in Arabic medical literature of an illness whose description is quite accurate, while its etiology is explained in away which misses the diseases true origin. Thereare two types of diabetes: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus. The term used by Ibn Sīnā for diabetes, diyānī ṭas, is a loan word from the Greek diabetes. Both his pathology and therapeutic recommendations are also strongly based on his Greek predecessors. Only the three commentaries by Ibn al-Nafīs, Gentile and Despars discuss diabetes; Qānūnja and its supracommentary pass it without mention. This chapter finally compares the medical efficacy of drugs with the frequency with which they appear in prescriptions to see how much a drugs objective, empiric, repeatable medical effects might have been responsible for its preference by Ibn Sīnā and the commentators.

Keywords: Despars; diabetes; Gentile; Ibn al-Nafīs; Ibn Sīnā; Kitāb al-Qānūn



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