Publications of Prof. Rabie E. Abdel-Halim on History of Medicine

Publications of

Prof. Rabie E. Abdel-Halim*

On History Of Medicine

he prologue page of a manuscript of Kitab Al-Mansouri Fi Al-Tib written by Muhammad Ibn Zakareyya Al Razi (Rhazes, 841-926


  Drawing of the cross section of the Brain and the Eyes made by the 13th century Khalifa ibn Abi Al Mahasin Al Halaby (from Aleppo) in his book Al Kafi Fi Al-Kuhl (The Book of Sufficient Knowledge in Ophthalmology)

The first 2 pages of an original authentic manuscript of the book "Siassat Essibyane wa tadbiruhum" (Infant and child care and treatment)  authored by the 10th century Ibn Al-Jazzar Al-Qairawani, the first independent and complete work on pediatrics and child care.

*Emeritus Professor of Urology and Kuwait Prize Laureate (2005 - History of Medicine)

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Introducing medical humanities in the medical curriculum in Saudi Arabia: A pedagogical experiment. (New, PDF)

Experimental Medicine 1000 Years Ago (New, PDF)

The Missing Link in the History of Urology: A Call for More Efforts to Bridge the Gap. (PDF)

Ibn Al-Nafis and Servetus: A letter to the editor and author's reply. (PDF)

Contributions of Ibn Al-Nafis (1210-1288) to the Progress of Medicine: A study and translations from his Medical Works (PDF)

Pericardial pathology 900 years ago: A study and translations from an Arabic medical textbook (PDF)

Clinical methods and team work: 1,000 years ago (PDF) (HTML)

Contributions of Muhadhdhabul Deen Al-Baghdadi To The Progress of Medicine and Urology: A study and translations from his book Al-Mukhtar (PDF)

Comment on: UTI Historical Perspective Article in the Journal of Urology (HTML) and the author's reply (HTML)

Contributions of Ibn Zuhr (Avennzoar) to the Progress of Surgery: A study and translations from his book Al-Taisir (PDF file) (HTML file, Abstract Only)

Obesity 1000 Years Ago (HTML) (PDF)

The Functional Anatomy of the Ureterovesical Junction: A Historical Review (PDF)

Health Education During The Islamic Era: A Historical Review (English Summary) (Arabic Full Text)

Alzahrawi (Albucasis) On Bladder Stone Extraction (HTML) (PDF)

Anaesthesia 1000 Years Ago-I (HTML)

Anaesthesia 1000 Years Ago-II (HTML)

Urethral Catheters: A Historical Review (HTML)

Pediatric Urology 1000 Years Ago (HTML)

Lithotripsy - A Historical Review (HTML)


In this new section on the History of Pediatrics, we include the 8 German-language articles published in “Der Kinderarzt” between 1983 and 1991, the outcome of a joint work on history of pediatrics, pediatric surgery and social pediatrics by Abdel-Halim R E and Jan MY based on their study and German translation of the book "Risaalah fi Siyasat as-Sibyan wa Tadbirihim" (Infant and child care and treatment) by ibn Al-Jazzar (Latinized as Algizar) who lived in Qairawan (now in Tunisia) between 895 and 980 AD. The book  is the first independent and complete work on paediatrics and child care.

In the study of this 22-chaptered book, the autjhors relied upon another authentic manuscript of the work which was not available to Mohammad al-Habib al-Haila, who first edited the book in 1968. This has helped to further document, complete and supplement the published edition of this important work.

The first of those 8 papers included an introduction about ibn Al-Jazzar's era and its influence on Medieval European schools of medicine. Paper No. 2  included  the biography of ibn al-Jazzar as well as a description of his book; while papers No. 3-8 included the serialized German translation of the whole book together with pictures of all the original manuscript’s pages.

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