The persian physician and alchemist Rhazes

The persian physician and alchemist Rhazes

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Caption: The Persian physician and alchemist Abu-Bakr Muhammad Ibn Zakariyya Al-Razi, also known by his latinised name Rhazes (ca. 860-930). After having known an old apothecary in Baghdad Rhazes decided to study medicine and later he became the chief physician of the largest hospital in Baghdad. He was the first doctor to differentiate clearly between the two infectious diseases variola (smallpox) and morbilli (measles). Rhazes also prepared what is now called plaster of Paris, a preparation of calcium sulphate which he used to form casts holding broken bones in place.

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