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How medical knowledge and treatment from Muslim civilisation has influenced medicine today
Hospitals, medicines and surgery: the modern world of health and medical treatment has countless links with the past. In this zone of the exhibition, find out about the healthcare system that developed in early Muslim societies, which offered pioneering surgery, hospital care and an increasing variety of drugs and medicines developed from ancient knowledge and new research.
Did you know
...that patients in early Muslim societies might take pills, pastilles, syrups and powders, undergo cataract surgery or have a cast put on a broken leg?
...that in 1924, a manuscript revealed that a forgotten 13th-century Arab scholar had correctly explained a crucial aspect of how our blood moves around the body?
...that key medical works from the 9th century onwards reached a worldwide audience because Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars were keen to learn from each other and from other civilisations?
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