Medicine in Practice: European Influences on the Ottoman Medical Habitat

This article considers the transfer of medical knowledge from Europe to the Ottoman empire and argues that what was significant in such transfer was medical practice rather than textual transfer, that the Ottomans were open to adopting medical knowledge from the non-Islamic world, the deciding factor being not the origin but the successful nature of the treatment, and that if there was a border which medical knowledge did not traverse, it was one created by everyday custom not by any Muslim/Christian divide or rejection of knowledge from outside.


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E. Boyar, “Medicine in Practice: European Influences on the Ottoman Medical Habitat,” TURKISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, pp. 213–241, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: