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Title: Constantine the African and Ali Ibn al-Abbas al-Magdusi: The Pantegni and Related Texts
Author: Burnett, Charles Danielle Jacquart
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1994
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004100145
Volumes: 1; Pages: ix, 364
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When the tenth-century Kamil as-sina'a (or al-Kitab al-malaki) of 'Ali ibn al-'Abbas al-Magusi was adapted for a Latin-reading audience by Constantine the African in the late eleventh century, the medieval West had, for the first time, the opportunity to use a text which covered the whole of medicine. But the 100-odd extant manuscripts suggest that Contantine's Pantegni was put together over a considerable period of time, and chapters from other Latin and newly-translated Arabic medical works were added to or substituted those of the Kamil. This book is the first to be devoted to Constantine the African: it sheds light on the School of Salerno and the formation of a medical corpus in the High Middle Ages.