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Albucasis’s Kitāb al-Tasrif

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Albucasis’s Kitāb al-Tasrif

Albucasis’s Kitāb al-Tasrif
by The Arcadian Library
The Arcadian Library
The Arcadian Library

  • Subtitle:
    The European Legacy of a Pioneering Arabic Treatise on Surgery
  • Keywords:
    Europe, Spain, Cordoba, Toledo, Bologna, Venice, Al-Andalus, Medieval medicine, Medieval period, Middle Ages, Muslim Spain, Spain

One of the rarest and most valuable pieces in the Arcadian Library’s History of Science and Medicine collection is an early fourteenth-century manuscript of the Liber de Cirurgia—the Latin translation of the original title, Kitāb al-Tasrif, a pioneering work of surgery which exerted an enduring influence on European physicians. The library also owns the first printed edition of the work, dating from 1500, and the 1531 Venice edition which was edited by the medical lecturer Pietro d’Argellata, one of Albucasis’s most devoted adherents. The library also possesses Argellata’s own text on surgery, which was published in 1499. The Andalusian surgeon and physician Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn al-‘Abbās az-Zahrāwī, commonly known in the West as either Albucasis or Abulcasis, exerted a profound and enduring influence upon Medieval European surgical practices.