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Minhāj al-dukkān as a pharmaceutical text

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One of the major literary models available to medical writers in the Islamic world was that of the pharmacopoeia, the formulary of drugs. Medieval formularies, in both the Muslim and Christian worlds, shared the same structure, which had its origin in Galen's De Compositione medicamentorum. Comparison to the tables of contents of other pharmacopeias and of the relevant sections of medical encyclopedias shows where Minhāj Al-Dukkān stands on the continuum from a drug formulary to a fullblown medical encyclopedia. The pharmaceutical sections of the encyclopedias all begin with a passage on why compound medicaments are necessary. The structure of Minhāj Al-Dukkān is that of a mini-encyclopedia. The medical encyclopedias almost invariably begin with their theoretical base: an exposition of the elements, the humours and other basic scientific concepts before moving on to medicine proper.

Keywords: Christian; Islamic world; Minhaj Al-Dukkan; Muslim; pharmaceutical



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