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Avicenna (980-1037), Islamic Persian physician and philosopher, at left, being received by Abu Ya'far, the governer of Isfahan, Persia, after fleeing from Hamadan sometime after 1024. Isfahan is near present-day Tehran, Iran. Avicenna is a Latinised form. His full Arabic name is Abu-Ali Al-Husain Ibn Abdullah Ibn Sina. Avicenna, who based much of his work on earlier Greek and Roman writers, wrote medical treatises such as The Canon and The Book of Healing. His books were translated into Latin in the 12th century and were the basis of medicine in Europe until the 17th century. Avicenna also wrote on astronomy and alchemy. Engraving from the 1883 edition of Vies des Savants Illustres.
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