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This concluding chapter provides summary of the book, which focuses on medieval pharmacotherapy. The most relevant issues addresses in the book are: (1) traditionalism vs. empiricism, continuity vs. change; (2) the practical relation between pharmaceutical theory and practice. (3) other factors influencing the choice of drugs by Ibn Sīnā and his followers; and (4) possible implications. The book shows that to a certain degree, Arabic medicine was closer to Renaissance medicine than to the medicine of the Latin Middle Ages. It illustrates that the Arabic and Latin medieval doctors, while founding their drug therapy on tradition and respecting it highly, were also able to develop it furtherreflecting the possibility of similar development also in other medical systems currently considered static.

Keywords: empiricism; Ibn Sīnā; medieval pharmacotherapy; traditionalism



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