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Did Greek Practitioners Reject Islamic Ideas on Medicine

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As the paper states, it was not the texts on Islamic medicines were translated into Greek texts in the 7th century but the other way around. However, as time goes by, Greek practitioners were able to begin to trust the medical compilations by Islam even if some of them were still influenced by Islamic culture, tradition, and beliefs. The most important for Greeks was the whole idea of it still followed the basic of humoural medicine. In fact, the discovery of chickenpox was credited to an Arab and the explanation of the disease was based on the concept of humoural medicine.

One thing for sure that was totally rejected by Greek practitioners when it comes to Islamic ideas on medicine was when it comes to Islamic beliefs and traditions. This was able to work out for as long as all of those ideas on Islamic medicines that were accepted by Greek practitioners were all related to humoural medicine. However, there was another important contribution of Islamic ideas on medicine to Greek medicine. One of them is the use of drugs.

Greeks recommended the use of diet and changes in lifestyle in order to treat diseases. On the other hand, Islamic practitioners emphasized the use of drugs. In the 11th century, it can be noted that Greeks were already using medicinal plants as an influenced of Islamic ideas on medicine. Most of those medicinal plants prescribed by Islamic practitioners were needed to be imported. However, such activity may only delay medical activities in the Greek community so they decided to look for alternatives.   It was also in the 11th century that Islamic texts on medicines were translated into Greek and Latin texts.

The result of this translation was very significant. The newly translated Greek and Arabic medical writings provided European scholars with a much more sophisticated form of humoural medicine compared to the old existing one. The combined efforts among Greek practitioners and Islamic practitioners on medicine provided more detailed information in order to make enhancement and refinement on the idea of humoural medicine.

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