Al-Harith Ibn Amro ibn Kalada Saghafi Physician: From Myth to Reality

Shahin Rahbar, MohammadReza Rajab Nejad

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Background and Aim: In the past, a large number of manuscripts and books have been written by various authors as to the skills of physicians. In some cases, these writings are far from reality and turn a physician into a legend for later generations. Al-Harith Ibn Kalada is one of these physicians, and a large number of contradictory stories have been written in relation to his skills. It is even mentioned in a number of articles that Prophet Mohammad probably copied his medical science in some cases from the medical information of Kalada.

Materials and Methods: This review article was based on historical and medical texts about Kalada. Due to the contradictory information about Kalada and his relationship with the Prophet, we presented information in relation to his age, his writings, and his turning into Islam to demystify his life.

Ethical Considerations: Ethical considerations were observed in the choice of title, data collection, citation, as well as all other stages of the study.

Findings: According to our findings, it was found that Kalada departed for Jundishapur University of Iran and returned to Hejaz after a while. About his turning into Islam, we could not obtain precise results. However, there is strong evidence that anything the Prophet stated in relation to medicine was merely revelation and divine teachings.

Conclusion: According to our findings, it was found that Kalada departed for Jundishapur University of Iran and returned to Hejaz after a while. Kalada was the first physician among Arabs of the Era of Ignorance that was called a physician because of his academic education. About his turning into Islam, we could not obtain precise results. However, there is strong evidence that anything the Prophet stated in relation to medicine was merely revelation and divine teachings.

 

Please cite this article as: Rahbar S, Rajab Nejad MR. Al-Harith Ibn Amro ibn Kalada Saghafi Physician: From Myth to Reality. Med Hist J 2017; 9(31): 41-53.


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Harith ibn Kalada; Jundishapour; Arab Physician; Medical History

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