An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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KESSEL, Grigory

3 entries
  • 8233

Hunayn ibn Ishāq on his Galen translations: A parallel English-Arabic text edited and translated by John C. Lamoreaux, with an appendix by Grigory Kessel.

Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2016.

  • 12571

A Syriac medical Kunnāšā of Īšōʿ bar ʿAlī (9th c.): First soundings. By Grigory Kessel.

Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, 5, 228-251, 2017.


"A little-known thirteenth-century manuscript preserved in Damascus contains by far the largest Syriac medical work that has survived till today. Despite the missing beginning, a preliminary study of the text allows us to argue that it is the medical handbook (entitled Kunnāšā) of Īšōʿ bar ʿAlī, a ninth-century physician and student of Ḥunayn b. Isḥāq. The seven books of the handbook appear to follow the model of Paul of Aegina’s Pragmateia both in composition and content. The actual significance of the handbook in the history of Syriac and Arabic medicine is yet to be assessed, but there can be no doubt that it will be a pivotal source that illustrates the development of Syriac medicine during a period of four centuries at the moment when it was being translated to lay the foundations of the nascent medical tradition in Arabic."

Subjects: MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › Medieval Islamic or Arab Medicine, MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › Syria and Syriac Texts
  • 12536

Syriac medicine by Grigory Kessel. Pages 438-459 IN: The Syriac world edited by Daniel King.

London & New York: Routledge, 2019.

Subjects: MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › History of Medieval Medicine, MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › Syria and Syriac Texts