Ibn Sina on Quarantine, Medicine and Pandemics

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Covid-19 represents one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced in the 21st century. Over 10 centuries ago, Ibn Sina, the father of modern medicine and polymath, unlocked the nature of epidemics. He discussed this in his seminal book “The Canon of Medicine”.

Once, Ibn Sina, who was born in Bukhara, visited another polymath named Al-Biruni at his Urganch academy in Khwarezm. This movie/documentary released in 1956 by the Tashkent Production Studio in Uzbek, a conversation between them on Ibn Sina’s views on how to overcome epidemics, how to quarantine and how to keep the population safe at the time.

Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, is regarded as the father of early modern medicine, and one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers, inventors and writers of the time. Al-Biruni was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences, and also distinguished himself as a historian, chronologist and linguist. Al-Biruni spent the first twenty-five years of his life in Khwarezm, in the current day Uzbekistan and made most of his findings in the Urganch Academy.

Both the scientist were in the Islamic Golden Age. This video was produced by HalalTrip in partnership with Uzbekistan Tourism. The movie footage was used with the permission of Uzbekistan Tourism.

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