A major problem facing historians of modern medicine is the question of the connection between theory and practice. The Cairo Geniza provides a unique window into this topic in the form of medical prescriptions. This essay explains what a medical prescription is and describes how to analyze fragments identified as prescriptions. This explanation is followed by an example, T-S Ar.30.305, one of the best-preserved prescriptions, that is transcribed, translated, and discussed.
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Chipman, L. How to Read a Medical Prescription. JEW HIST 32, 487–492 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10835-019-09323-5
- Materia medica
- Premodern medicine