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On Hemorrhoids

A New Parallel Arabic-English Edition and Translation


Edited and Translated by Gerrit Bos and Michael R. McVaugh

Moshe ben Maimon, better known as Moses Maimonides, is among the most celebrated rabbis in the history of Judaism, and the author of works in Arabic on many subjects, including influential philosophical and medical treatises. On Hemorrhoids is one of these texts, written for a young man of a noble family who was seeking a regimen to help him treat his hemorrhoids. While not the first to write on this subject, Maimonides’s work bears his personal stamp with his emphasis on dietetics, which plays a primary role in so many of his other medical writings. He warns against hastily treating the painful condition with drastic measures such as bleeding and surgery, instead encouraging more cautious treatments like a change in diet. He also advises his patient that if more extreme actions need to be taken, then Maimonides himself must be present.
            Unlike other modern editions of this important work, this edition of On Hemorrhoids takes into account all the extant Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscripts. The book includes critical editions of medieval Hebrew and Latin translations and a glossary of medical terms.

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Table of Contents

Sigla and Abbreviations for the Arabic, English, and Hebrew Texts
Sigla and Abbreviations for the Latin Texts
Foreword to the Series
Introduction to On Hemorrhoids: The Arabic and Hebrew Texts
    Arabic Manuscripts
    Hebrew Manuscripts
Introduction to the Medieval Latin Translations

Risala fi al-bawasir (On Hemorrhoids)
The Hebrew Translation by Moses ben Samuel ibn Tibbon
The Hebrew Translation by Zera?yah ben Isaac ben She?altiel ?en
The Anonymous Hebrew Translation
The Latin Translation by Giovanni da Capua
The Latin Translation by Armengaud Blaise

Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica
Indexes to the Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica
    Ibn Tibbon
    Zera?yah ?en
Notes to the English Translation of On Hemorrhoids
    Translations and Editions of Works by or attributed to Moses Maimonides
    General Bibliography
Indices Verborum to the Latin Translations
    Giovanni da Capua
    Armengaud Blaise
Subject Index to the English Translation

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