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Medicine of the Prophet


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Foreword by Hakim Mohammed Sa'id Preface by Seyyed Hossein Nasr Translator's Introduction Part One: Medicine Chapter 1: Introduction and general considerations Chapter 2: Natural and divine treatment Chapter 3: Treatment of fever by natural medicines Chapter 4: Treatment of diarrhoea and the benefits of honey Chapter 5: Treatment of plague (ta'un) and precautions against it Chapter 6: Treatment of dropsy (istisqa') and the benefits of camel's milk Chapter 7: Treatment of wounds Chapter 8: Drinking honey, cupping and cautery Chapter 9: Treatment of epilepsy (sar') Chapter 10: Treatment of sciatica ('irq al-nasa) Chapter 11: Treatment of constipation and the benefits of senna Chapter 12: Itching of the body (hikka) and the causes of lice (qaml) Chapter 13: Treatment of pleurisy (dhat al-janb) Chapter 14: Treatment of headache (suda') and migraine (shaqiqa) Chapter 15: Treatment of the sick by excluding food and drink which they dislike Chapter 16: Pain in the fauces ('udhra) and the use of sternutatory (sa'ut) Chapter 17: Treatment for cardiac pain (al-maf'ud) Chapter 18: Prophetic guidance on diet Chapter 19: Treatment of ophthalmia (ramad) Chapter 20: Paralysis (khadran) Chapter 21: Rectifying food into which flies have fallen Chapter 22: Pustules (bathra), inflammations (awram) and abscesses (khurajat) Chapter 23: Treatment of the sick by reassurance and encouragement Chapter 24: Treatment by such medicines and foods as patients are accustomed to Chapter 25: On poison, magic and emesis (qay') Chapter 26: The profession and responsibilities of anyone who carries out medical treatment Chapter 27: On the progression of illness and contagious disease Chapter 28: Prevention of treatment with forbidden substances Chapter 29: Treatment for lice (qaml) Chapter 30: Prophetic guidance concerning treatment with spiritual medicines Chapter 31: Incantation (ruqya) Chapter 32: Treatment for calamity Chapter 33: The Prophet's guidance on the preservation of health Chapter 34: Food and drink Chapter 35: Way of life Chapter 36: The Prophet's guidance on sexual intercourse (jima') Chapter 37: Preservation of health by scents (tib) Chapter 38: Preservation of health of the eye and the use of kohl Part Two: Simple Drugs and Foods Hamza Ba' Ta' Tha' Jim Ha' Kha' Dal Dhal Ra' Za' Sin Shin Sad Dad Ta' 'Ayn Ghayn Fa' Qaf Kaf Lam Mim Nun Ha' Waw Ya' Conclusion: General Principles List of Qur'anic Quotations References to Hadith English-Arabic Technical Glossary English-Arabic Materia Medica Glossary Bibliography of Works Cited General Index

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Penelope Johnstone holds a doctorate in history of Arabic medicine and herbals and now teaches Arabic at Oxford University.

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