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Ayurvedic textbook. Textbook on ayurveda, a form of traditional Indian medicine. Ayurveda is based on empirical observations of diseases and their treatments. Treatments are usually herbal, although diet and exercise are also important. This book, "The Canon of Medicine" by Avicenna (972-1036), was published in 1593. It is still used by students at the Unani Medical College in Hyderabad, India, where this picture was taken.
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