Health Orientation, Research Centeredness and Realism in Avicenna's Canon of Medicine


Hossein Hatami 1 , * , M Hatami 2 , N Hatami 3

1 School of Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Daneshjoo Blvd, Tabnak St, Evin, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Gynecology, Tajrish Shohada Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Hatami H, Hatami M, Hatami N. Health Orientation, Research Centeredness and Realism in Avicenna's Canon of Medicine, Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2012 ; 14(6):e95953.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (6); e95953
Published Online: June 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 03, 2019
Accepted: June 30, 2012




Background: Avicenna is a genius and unique person that his introduction needs a thick book. This study was conducted to more familiarity with Avicenna’s methods and findings to improve human health.


Methods: This was a library study. In order to improve exactness of findings, we computerized the Arabic, English and Persian versions of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine and have made a fast and accurate data bank and uploaded on the internet site of Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Deputy of Research as available from: and also theorizing Avicenna's Canon of Medicine as three roots (Root model) for current medicine, decayed, disabled and active roots and finally, after searching, gathering and encoding the findings, analyzed them as a qualitative research and thematic content.


Results: Health orientation, research centeredness and freeing from nihilism and also achieving to dynamic points and taking appropriate action in relation to treatment of some diseases such as rabies, leprosy, tuberculosis and similar cases at this valuable book can be regarded as a hypothesis to be approved or rejected using the new technology. So appropriate methods require testing many Avicenna hypotheses and if approved, utilize them as supportive methods and complementary of common treatment methods either or even as modern solutions.


Conclusion: It is necessary that our students within course of Iranian and Islamic culture and civilization to be more familiar with activities of scientists like Avicenna to substitute the empty place of him.


Traditional medicine Avicenna’ Canon of medicine History of medicine Health orientation; Research centeredness Realism Theorizing

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