Accepted paper:

Medical Recipe by Maimonides from Medieval Egypt


Amir Ashur (Ben-Gurion University)
Efraim Lev (University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel)

Paper short abstract:

A newly discovered medical recipe written by Maimonides from the Cairo Geniza sheds light on the medicinal substances he used. We will try to identify these substances and put them in the wide context of medieval medicine.

Paper long abstract:

One of the many medical recipes from the Cairo Geniza collected by Prof. Efraim Lev was identified by Dr. Amir Ashur as probably written by Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher, legalist and physician (1138-1203). The recipe was written to a certain, unknown, person, and his disease in not mentioned either. The recipe contains various medical substances and plants, including precise description on how to use it. In this paper we will discuss this recipe, identify the substances and plants mentioned and we will try to place it in the wider context of Greek, Arabic and Medieval Mediterranean medicine.

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Medical knowledge in motion: exchange, transformation and iteration in the medical traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean world