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"The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians" by Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (d. 1270)

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

Erin Connelly, CLIR-Mellon Fellow for Data Curation in Medieval Studies at the University of Pennsylvania has written a very interesting article about the potential use of medieval phramacology in the development of new antibiotics. Whilst the focus is largely on medieval European medical texts, the article would suggest that there is a great deal that could also be examined within the many manuscripts mentioned in Ibn Abi Usaybiah's treatise. Read the full article here.