Doctors’ Doctor: Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

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Doctors’ Doctor: Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Anwar Ul Haque
Head, Department of Pathology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.
When the first man and woman descended
from heaven, after sometime they might have fallen ill
and they might have tried some remedy to cure this
illness. Then Greeks came with elaborate philosophies
but no hard work, no meticulous observations, no
experimentation and no verification. They did not
have the required patience, perseverance, and sweat
and blood that the great poet Iqbal has described as
“Blood of Liver” without which no substantial thing
can be achieved. Working in the early hours of the
morning and getting in tune with the nature are
prerequisite for the balance growth of science and arts.
The required selflessness, rising about flesh and
materialism is required to reach at the greatest heights.
1200 years ago when the Europe was in utter darkness,
the light was shining in the East. Quran, the last and
the final version of the divine message kindled the
light! The Quran raised the most backward nation to
the top in all spheres of human life. It provided the
required milieu for hard and sincere work. It removed
the rust from the hearts and opened the eyes, ears and
minds of the people. As a result great miracles
occurred. Rapid advancements were made in all
spheres of life. Modern medicine was born. Modern
Surgery along with required inhalation anesthesia,
antiseptics and catgut sutures were all invented.
Modern Chemistry and laboratory sciences were born.
Physics, astronomy, mathematics, algebra, geometry
all came in to being. An embryo was conceived with
numerous facets. This embryo later became an adult in
Europe and other places. For many people in the West
perhaps the information may appear new and startling
due to the fact that they were kept blind due to
religious and other prejudices against Islam and
Muslims. It is the irony the very people whom
Muslims treated rather well and gave faculty positions
in the University Hospitals in Spain became very
active in maligning Islam through self created
terrorism and false propaganda
Today we will introduce you to a great
physician who along with some his contemporary
Muslim Physicians can be rightly regarded as father of
modern medicine.
Let us meet Ibn Sina whose original and
superb work in the fields of medicine, philosophy,
mathematics, and astronomy contributed a lot toward
starting the modern engine of science. He was born in
986 and physically passed away in 1037. But his 51
years of life had been extended to time immemorial as
every doctor; every pharmacist and every patient of
today is indebted to his great work and is beneficiary
of his planted trees.
Ibn Sina (Avicenna) started his education with
Quran. At very early age he had acquired good
knowledge of Quran. Then he began studying
philosophy by reading various Greek, Muslim and
other books on this subject. He had kind help of Abu
Abdallah Natili, a famous philosopher of the time. He
studied various drug and medicines afterwards. Based
on his keen observation, hard work, and superb
organizational capacity and capability Ibn Seen had
become a famous physician by the age of 17 when he
was fortunate in curing Nooh Ibn Mansour, the king of
Bukhhara, of an illness in which all the well-known
physicians had given up hope. On his recovery, the
king wished to reward him, but the young physician
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