Professor Emilie Savage-Smith
Annual Bonham-Carter Lecture
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:15
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Baghdad led the world in medicine and surgery during the Abbasid period. Following organised efforts to determine what earlier societies knew of medical care, Baghdadi physicians produced a rich and innovative medical literature while government officials demonstrated serious interest in public health. Muslim, Christian and Jewish physicians worked together in hospitals and served as court physicians. In this illustrated lecture for BISI, Professor Emilie Savage-Smith will give examples of the treatments available in Baghdad during the ninth and tenth centuries for ailments such as asthma, hay fever, sore throat, infected tonsils, missing teeth, eye inflammations, cataracts, broken bones, embedded arrowheads, indigestion, diarrhoea, and dislocated shoulders.