The professional ethics of medieval pharmacists in the Islamic world

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Title

The professional ethics of medieval pharmacists in the Islamic world

Author

Chipman, Leigh N.B.

Publisher

2002/00/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20020000

Abstract

Most work on Islamic medical ethics has been in relation to the physician, yet physicians are only one category of many health-related professionals. In view of its role as mediator between the layman and medication, pharmacy is of perhaps equal importance. In medieval Islam, there seems to have been a clear differentiation between the physician and the pharmacist. However, most of our sources reflect the physician's point of view. A text which uniquely reflects that of the pharmacist is the thirteenth-century Minhaj al-dukkan by al-Kuhin al-'Attar of Cairo. A comparison between the ethical contents of this book, and of similar works aimed at physicians, can indicate what the differences and similarities were between the 'good physician' and the 'good pharmacist.' Interestingly, the language used to define the 'go od' professional is religiously neutral--there is nothing to evince a particular identity, beyond a general monotheism, on the part of the writers.

Primary Classification

4.1.1

Secondary Classification

4.1.1;1.2;9.7;2.2

Primary keywords

historical aspects--[pri];Islamic ethics--[pri];pharmacists--[pri];professional ethics--[pri]

Secondary keywords

comparative studies;interprofessional relations;medical ethics;Muslim world;physicians;professional competence;professional patient relationship;virtues

Subject

medieval history--[pri]

Journal Article

Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 2002; 21(2): 321-338

Note

29

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

journal

Bibliography

18 refs. 11 fn.

Collection

Citation

“The professional ethics of medieval pharmacists in the Islamic world,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed May 29, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/33782.