Ibn Butlan

The physcian Ibn Butlan – or to give him his full name, Abu’l Hasan Al Mukhtar ibn Abdun ibn Sa’dun Ibn Butlan – was a Nestorian Christian Arab who lived and practiced in Baghdad in the first half of the 11th Century CE.

Ibn Butlan was more than just a student of translated theses and texts, however elevated. He was also a pracitcal physician who applied rigorous standards of clinical experimentation and observation, seeking to verify, extend and improve the knowledge handed down, via the Bayt al-Hikma (House of Wisdom), from the ancient worlds of the Mediaterranean, India and China.

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