Early Persian Medical Works on Antisyphilitic Mercury Medicines

Johannes Thomann
2015 Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques  
AbstractIn this chapter, I examine the use of mercury with a special focus on its application as an ingredient in antisyphilitic medicines and therapies in a selection of medieval Persian scientific texts that represent either the earliest or the most influential works of their genre. Works examined include the earliest Persian pharmacological work, written by Abū Manṣūr Muwaffaq between 965 and 975 CE, which mentions mercury as a medicine against skin diseases and "killed mercury" (
doi:10.1515/asia-2015-1047 fatcat:r3llsur2ijafxdh7cbs7x5lr5i