Crowning Arts for the Treatment of the Eyes


This manuscript, containing more than 350 folios, dates from the 19th or possibly even the early 20th century. The main body of the work deals with a range of treatments for medical conditions, especially and most extensively ophthalmological treatments and procedures. Miscellaneous notes appear on some folios. One page, for example, lists inauspicious days. Also included are several pages of information about spices and an explanation of abbreviations and units of measurement. Additional information about laxatives and infusions as well as treatments for foot ailments, skin disease, and epilepsy also is included. Reference is made to hospitals in Austria, Italy, and Spain, making the work important for the study of the introduction of modern medicine into Egypt. A detailed table of contents covers more than 30 pages after the main text and is followed by a collection of recipes (i.e., prescriptions).

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تاج الفنون في علاج العيون

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16.5 x 22 centimeters with a 10 x 18.5 centimeter text block of 15 lines. 381 leaves with red and black text. Includes illustrations. Bound with leather.

Last updated: October 28, 2011