Al-Rāzī, On the Treatment of Small Children (De curis puerorum)

The Latin and Hebrew Translations


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The short Latin treatise De curis puerorum is the translation of a lost Arabic original attributed (perhaps mistakenly) to the famous al-Rāzī (Rhazes); one of the rare texts on pediatrics circulating in the Middle Ages, it was so popular that it was soon re-translated into Hebrew, not once but three times! Gerrit Bos and Michael McVaugh have edited the Latin and Hebrew texts, accompanying them with an English translation and a full commentary situating the original Arabic against the medical writings available to tenth-century Islam. The contents of the work range remarkably widely, covering skin diseases, eye and ear infections, teething, vomiting and diarrhea, constipation, worms, and bladder stones, among other things, outlining their causes, symptoms, and possible treatments.

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Gerrit Bos, Ph.D . (1989), Free University Amsterdam, is Professor (emeritus), Martin Buber Institute, University of Cologne. He is widely published in the field of medieval Jewish-Islamic medicine, and is the editor of the medical works of Maimonides (BYU Press).

Michael McVaugh, Ph.D. (1965), Princeton University, is Wells Professor of History (emeritus) at the University of North Carolina. He has published widely on medieval European medicine, and is an editor of the Latin medical writings of Arnau de Vilanova.
academic libraries and institutes, historians and other students of childhood, historians of classical Islam and the European Middle Ages, historians of medicine, practicing physicians (particularly but not exclusively pediatricians), philologists
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