According to Charles Rieu the reason for al-Jurjani's compiling of the Zakhirah was to supply a comprehensive work which would offer the required information on every branch of medical science, and save a physician the trouble and loss of time involved in consulting other books (in short, something he himself required for his work). See C. Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum, Oxford, photolithographic reprint 1966, pp.466-8. Al-Jurjani dedicated al-Zakhirah to Qutb-al-Din Khwarazm Shah Abu’l-Fath Muhammad Ibn Yamin-al-Din (d.1127 AD).
The Zakhirah consists of ten books (kitab), which are enumerated in the preface, and to each of which is prefixed a full table of numerous subdivisions termed Guftars and Babs. They are as follows:
I. Definition and utility of medicine; composition, structure, and powers of the human body
II. Health and disease; causes and symptoms of disease; accidents of the body
III. Preservation of health
IV. Diagnosis of diseases; crisis and prognosis
V. Fevers, their various kinds, their symptoms and treatment
VI. Local diseases and their treatment
VII. Tumours and ulcers etc.
VIII. The care to be taken of the external parts of the body, hair, skin, nails etc.
IX. Poisons and antidotes
X. Simple and compound medicaments.
A further thirteenth-century copy of the same work (books I (part II), II and III, dated 666-7 AH/1267-68 AD), sold in these rooms, 20 April 2016, lot 9.
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