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How Islam changed medicine: Ibn al-Haytham and optics

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:120
  1. Mohammad T Masoud, senior house officer, ophthalmology (,
  2. Faiza Masoud, senior house officer, gastroenterology
  1. Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling FK8 1LU
  2. Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad, Pakistan

    Editor—Majeed elaborated on the role of Muslim physicians and scholars in modern medicine and mentioned the contributions of various Arab doctors during the middle ages.1 Here is a contribution to optics.

    Ibn al-Haytham (known to the West as Alhacen or Alhazen) lived from 965 to about …

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