Talk:Ibn al-Baitar

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al-Jami' li Mufradat al Adweya wa al-Aghtheya الجامع لمفردات الأدوية و الأغذية[edit]

I believe the Kitab al-Jami fi al-Adwiya al-Mufrada, The Complete [book] of Simple Medicaments, is being mistakenly attributed to Ibn al-Baitar.

This seeming mistake is being reproduced widely (for example, Shining History - Blog), but the correct English translation of Ibn al-Baitar's book ("The (Complete) Book of Simple Drugs and Food") does not correspond to the Arabic version of the book presented here ("The Complete (book) of Simple Medicaments").

The article is probably referring to Al-Jami' li Mufradat al Adweya wa al-Aghtheya (الجامع لمفردات الأدوية و الأغذية), The Complete [book] in Simple Medicaments and Nutritious items (for example, see Biography: Ibn al-Baytar).

There exists a known book, by Ibn Wafid, titled Kitab al-Adwiya al-Mufrada, Book of Simple Medicaments, which is about a century older than al-Baitar's, and which probably justifies the aforementioned confusion.

Please, do revise. (I might be mistaken anyway, as I am no expert on the matter)

Guataquita (talk) 15:07, 17 June 2011 (UTC)

It should be fixed now. He wrote "Al-Mughni fi al-Adwiya al-Mufrada" (not "al-Jami`"). See also his page in the "Dictionary of Scientific Biography" (linked from article). Thanks. Wiqi(55) 17:47, 17 June 2011 (UTC)