MinervaBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7535.246 (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:246
A UK-Iraqi network hopes to help reverse the scientific isolation that Iraq is in and, by doing so, return the favour that Iraq did for the world in the areas of science and arts. Books to Iraq (www.bookstoiraq.org.uk) has been set up to help Iraqi pharmacists get current textbooks into the eight pharmacy schools there. Iraq is important in the history of pharmacy. Baghdad was a prominent centre for science and culture. Enlightened caliphs created an atmosphere where scholars of many nations could contribute to intellectual life, and scientists translated and preserved ancient Greek, Persian, and Indian manuscripts.