Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (Writing)

His name Razi in Persian means “from the city of Rey”, an ancient town called Ragha in old Persian

      The most free-thinking of the major philosophers of Islam, al-Razi was born in Rey, where he was well trained in the Greek sciences. He was well versed in musical theory and performance before becoming a physician. Becoming a Physician, al-Razi  directed two major hospitals, one in Baghdad, the capital of the Islamic empire at that time, and another in his native city of Rayy in northern Iran. His writings on medicine were universally admired.  Razi wrote a pioneering book about smallpox providing clinical characterization of the diseases.”Smallpox appears when blood ‘boils’ and is infected, resulting in vapours being expelled. Thus juvenile blood (which looks like wet extracts appearing on the skin) is being transformed into richer blood, having the color of mature wine. At this stage, smallpox shows up essentially as ‘bubbles found in wine’ – (as blisters) – … this disease can also occur at other times – (meaning: not only during childhood) -. The best thing to do during this first stage is to keep away from it, otherwise this disease might turn into an epidemic.” Al-Razi said. Through translation, his medical works and ideas became known among medieval European and profoundly influenced medical education in the Latin West. Some volumes of his work Al-Mansuri, namely “On Surgery” and “A General Book on Therapy”, became part of the medical curriculum in Western universities. As a teacher of medicine, he attracted students of all backgrounds and interests and was said to be compassionate and devoted. Edward Granville Browne considers him as “probably the greatest and most original of all the physicians, and one of the most prolific as an author.