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The dispensatory of Ibn al-Tilmidh (see above) was recommended as the most valuable source on the use of drugs. Another important concern for the muhtasib was the drug seller who must have sound knowledge and experience of his trade; the chapter deals chiefly with the myriad ways drugs could be adulterated. Phlebotomists and cuppers are covered in a separate chapter, the former also being able to perform circumcisions. In certain specified circumstances, the muhtasib will insist bleeding cannot be performed without prior consultation with a physician, which implied a hierarchy of knowledge and skills between the healing tradesmen and medical professionals.

The latter was known in early Islamic times. Oak-gall is produced mainly in Kurdistān. A variety of flowers and a kind of willow were cultivated for scent; the former also contributed to bee-keeping. Fruit Persia has been famous for fruit-growing since early times. Many varieties of vine are cultivated and found up to an altitude of 4,500 ft. Vine cultivation is mainly by irrigation, except in some areas of Kurdistān. On the plateau the vines are covered with earth in the winter. Apricots, peaches, nectarines, figs, melons, pomegranates, plums, cherries, pears, and apples are widely grown.

Ibn Sina’s cautious advice is interesting: Not every disease can be cured by a simple drug, especially not those of a complicated character; if we did find one we should prefer to use it. But we may perhaps find a composition, corresponding with the complicated nature of the disease; or we may find only such a one as needs strengthening in one of its components by an additional element. In that case we have to add a simple drug which enhances its virtue. He cautioned that “a few drugs are better than a great many for each individual case”, adding that the thing which has been tried is to be preferred than the thing which has not been tried, because in each composition both its component parts and their totality are operative.

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