Abdul Nasser Kaadan

Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan, who was born in Syria, has been an orthopedic surgeon since 1986. He received his PhD in History of Medicine in 1993 from the High Institute for the History of Arabic Science of Aleppo University. The degree was the first of its kind granted to a physician in the Arab World. He is now an assistant professor and the chairman of History of Medicine Department – Institute for the History of Arabic Science, Aleppo University, Aleppo, Syria.

He is the founder and now the president of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine (www.ishim.net), and the chief editor of its Journal which is published in English. Also, he is the director of the editorial board of the Prominent Arab Physicians Encyclopedia (www.papencyclopedia.net).

He has participated in more than 80 international congresses outside Syria, has 48 published papers and 6 books, and has been awarded 18 scholarships, awards and prizes from Japan, Britain, Singapore, France, Taiwan, Germany, the United States of America, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Syria and the WHO.

In his academic work, Dr. Kaadan has corrected some fallacies in the field of history of medicine, especially those related to the achievements and contributions of Arab and Muslim physicians during the Middle Ages that are still attributed to Western physicians.

Authored

Muhammad Ibn Zakariyya al-Razi was the first physician in history who described in details the symptoms and signs of smallpox and measles based on clinical examination, and he was the first who distinguished between these two diseases by putting what is called now the differential diagnosis. This...
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First page of Al-Qanun by Ibn Sina Ibn Sina, or Avicenna as he is referred to in the West, was born in the year 980 CE in Afshana near Bukhara, Turkestan - now named Uzbekistan. He left Bukhara when he was 21 years of age, and spent the remainder of his life in...
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