A study of Afzal Kermani’s Medical Views (The Treatise of “Salah al-Sahah fi Hafiz al-Sahah)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor of History, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Islamic History, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


Afzaluddin Abu Hamed known as Afzal Kermani, in addition to his profession of historiography, has also had a prominent status in medical sciences. However, in works related to the history of medicine in Iran and Islam, his works and views have been neglected. In the present study, an attempt has been made to examine his views concerning his written works or those attributed to him, especially those left with an emphasis on the medical treatise. The research findings indicate that he was a competent and trusted doctor at that time and was appreciated by the people and local governors of Kerman and Yazd. In Kerman, he has also left a valuable contribution to medical science: in practical and theoretical medicine, especially in writing books. To the extent that he can be considered one of the pioneers of theorists and practice in the principles of personal and public health and preventive medicine.


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