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On the Disease of Love: a medical view of infatuation in the medieval Islamic period.

A Centre for Medical History seminar
Speaker(s)Dr Ghada Karmi
Date3 May 2007
Time13:00 to 15:00
PlaceAmory A239AB

On the Disease of Love: a medical view of infatuation in the medieval Islamic period

This paper will discuss the phenomenon of love-sickness as a disease which the medieval Arabic physicians classified as a part of mental illness. This medical, as opposed to romantic, view of love was included in ordinary medical practice, as we learn from the Arabic medical textbooks that survive to us. It is a tradition that survives until today in parts of the Arab world.


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