BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:24
  1. Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer (
  1. Division of Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

    The name Baghdad conveys today a target to be bombed, but it was for five centuries (750–1250) one of the capitals of normative medicine.

    Descriptions by patients of their own diseases are always interesting, especially as poems. In February 960 the poet al-Mutanabbi developed while in Egypt a fever that left him delirious after each nightly attack, beginning with fever and rigors, and ending with …

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