Article by History MA student to be published by Liverpool Medical History Society

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Nervous system, Avicenna, Canon of Medicine. Image courtesy of the Wellcome Trust.

An article by History MA student, Gemma Stevenson, will be published next year in ‘Medical Historian’, the journal of the Liverpool Medical History Society.  

Entitled "Prophetic Medicine (tibb al-nabawi): The Medicinal Teachings of Muhammad and his Followers", the article is a revision of Gemma’s talk, which won first prize at the History of Medicine 12th Annual Students’ Prize Evening last year. 

Gemma said:

"The article explores the important role of Prophetic medicine in the development of medicine more broadly throughout the middle ages. Prophetic medicine is based on the recommendations of the Qur'an, encouraging the use of natural remedies which included a healthy diet, alongside the physical techniques of cupping and cauterisation as essential for the promotion of good health. 

Spiritual healing was also recommended, which included prayers and the use of amulets and other objects considered to be magical in order to ward off dangerous spirits and effects. 

Prophetic medicine is still widely practised within communities across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent today."