Thursday, March 4, 2010
image via aaminah hernandez
originally from 4000 years of choice
quote from john riddle's conception and abortion from the ancient world to the renaissance
ibn sina (avicenna, 980-1037) wrote the canon of medicine, which was a comprehensive text that had more influence in the west than the original arabic in the islamic world. ibn sina showed no inhibitions in discussing birth control measures. indeed, he began the discussion of contraceptives iwth a justification as to why it was necessary for a physician to intervene...
in the 'simples' section of the canon, he truly catalogued almost completely the contraceptives and abortifacients known to medicine and found in the sources.