How Early Islamic Science Advanced Medicine


The growth of Islam in the seventh century sparked a golden age of scientific discovery. Building on the wisdom of ancient civilizations, Muslim doctors pushed the boundaries of medical science into bold new places.

A doctor treats wounds in this 12th-century illustration from the Maqamat, a collection of Islamic tales. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIDGEMAN/ACI


This story appears in the November/December 2016 issue of National Geographic History magazine. for those who have a subscription

Sancho I, ruler of the kingdom of Léon in the north of modern-day Spain, was overthrown by rebel nobles in A.D. 958. Their motive, even by the turbulent politics of the day, was an unusual one: The king was unable to fulfill his regal duties with dignity, the rebels said, because he was too fat. [more]

This is both interesting and very informative, however I don’t know how long it will be accessible to those without a subscription – until my brother removes the post  from Facebook   I imagine.