Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

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Ibn Sina (often known by his last name in Latin, Avicenna; 980–1037 A.D.) was the most famous physician and philosopher of his time. His Canon of Medicine, one of the most famous books in the history of medicine, surveyed the entire medical knowledge available from ancient and Muslim sources and provided his own contributions. In this article the authors present a unique picture of the neurosurgical technique of Ibn Sina and briefly summarize his life and work.

Ibn Sina (often known by his last name in Latin, Avicenna; 980–1037 A.D.) was the most famous physician and philosopher of his time. His Canon of Medicine, one of the most famous books in the history of medicine, surveyed the entire medical knowledge available from ancient and Muslim sources and provided his own contributions. In this article the authors present a unique picture of the neurosurgical technique of Ibn Sina and briefly summarize his life and work.

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Address reprint requests to: Asita S. Sarrafzadeh, Department of Neurosurgery, Charité, Virchow Medical Center, Humboldt University of Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany. email: asita.sarrafzadeh@charite.de.

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