Ibn Nafis on the Anatomy of the Cranial Nerves

Mohammadali M. Shoja, Mones Abu-Asab, Rod J. Oskouian, R. Shane Tubbs

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Ibn Nafis (1213–1288) is known for his discovery of the pulmonary circulation long before Michael Servetus and William Harvey. Shedding light on the pulmonary circulation for the first time in the history of science, Ibn Nafis’ Commentary on the Anatomy in the Canon of Avicenna has been the subject of many studies, but these have all been limited to his notion on the circulation. It is equally important for the historians of science and medicine to scrutinize the remaining parts of this commentary, yet to be fully translated into English. This book is the first English translation of a section of Ibn Nafis’s commentary on the anatomy of the nerves and particularly, the cranial nerves.