History of Medicine| Volume 365, ISSUE 5, P409-412, May 2023

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Death of a medical colossus: The course, cause and fatal outcome of Avicenna's colic

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      Abu-‘Ali al-Husayn ibn Abdallah ibn-Sina (known in the West as Avicenna) is revered in much of Asia as one of history's greatest physicians. And yet, few westerners know of him, his iconic Canon of Medicine or the role he played in preserving ancient Greek medical knowledge following the sack of Rome. We briefly review Avicenna's impressive legacy and provide what to our knowledge is the first critical examination of the illness responsible for his death at age 58 years.
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