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On Rules Regarding the Practical Part of the Medical Art

A Parallel English-Arabic Edition and Translation

On Rules Regarding the Practical Part of the Medical Art was lost to scholars for centuries before it was discovered in the Biblioteca Nacional de España by the great bio-bibliographer Moritz Steinschneider, who initially thought it was simply another copy of On Asthma. The publication of this new translation marks the first time the Arabic manuscript and Gerrit Bos’s English version have been available to a modern audience in any form. It is in Maimonides’s favored aphoristic format and contains some unique advice on serious abdominal wounds, which is most likely a reflection on Maimonides’s own experience with battlefield casualties.

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“This is a very welcome addition to our knowledge of the medical treatises of Maimonides and is a book which should be in the collection of specialists and general students alike.”

Iberia Judaica

"[T]his slim volume is so well executed....This translation will enable scholars of medieval medicine who are not Arabists to make use of the text, and it is sure to become an important teaching resource, as translated primary sources on medicine are scarce, and its highly readable style makes it approachable to undergraduates."

Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

Table of Contents

Sigla and Abbreviations

Foreword to the Series



On Rules Regarding the Practical Part of the Medical Art


Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica

Notes to the English Translation


                Editions and Translations of Works by Moses Maimonides

                General Bibliography

Subject Index to the English Translation

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