Unani Medicine, Part 3—The Practice Framework

Because of the obvious difficulties that confronted personalized, physician-to-patient travel and care in the late 10th and early 11th centuries BCE, Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, drew up plans for the centralization and standardization of medical operations for the masses in hospitals. Shahid Athar says, “These hospitals kept records of all their patients and their medical care, something done for the first time in medical history.”1

These hospitals were immense structures with courtyards, and they and had features such as lecture halls, libraries,1,i mosques, and chapels (they treated people of all religious beliefs), charity wards, kitchens, and dispensa- ries. Hakim GM Chishti says…

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