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The Pharmacist And The Scientific Context

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This chapter discusses various aspects of the relationship between pharmacists and physicians in the Mamluk Sultanate. It begins with an overview of science and medicine in the Islamic world of the seventh/thirteenth to ninth/fifteenth centuries. The chapter attempts to show pharmacy's place in the contemporary construction and practice of knowledge. It discusses the position of pharmacists as shown by biographical dictionaries, a major source for social history of the Mamluk period. The chapter discusses the position of pharmacists in hospitals. The traditional view of Islamic science has tended to regard it as a conduit that preserved Greek science during the Dark Ages and restored it to the Greeks' true heirs, the Western Europeans. The Mamluk period has been studied principally by Behrens-Abouseif. The Islamic hospital has been the subject of much interest in research, at least in part due to its reputation as the forerunner of modern hospitals.

Keywords: Behrens-Abouseif; Greek science; Islamic world; Mamluk Sultanate; pharmacists; Western Europeans



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