Ibn Jazlah and his 11th century accounts (Taqwim al-abdan fi tadbir al-insan) of disease of the brain and spinal cord: Historical vignette

R. Shane Tubbs, Marios Loukas, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Mohammad Ardalan, W. Jerry Oakes

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The 11th century was culturally and medicinally one of the most exciting periods in the history of Islam. Medicine of this day was influenced by the Greeks, Indians, Persians, Coptics, and Syriacs. One of the most prolific writers of this period was Ibn Jazlah, who resided in Baghdad in the district of Karkh. Ibn Jazlah made many important observations regarding diseases of the brain and spinal cord. These contributions and a review of the life and times of this early Muslim physician are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • History
  • Ibn Jazlah
  • Middle East
  • Neuroanatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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