It was in the management of pleurisies that the aid of surgical means first became eminent in inward disease.
His health was ruined by his debaucheries, and a surgical operation became necessary.
The work by which he is chiefly known, the celebrated "canon," is an encyclopaedia of medical and surgical knowledge, founded upon Galen, Aristotle, the later Greek physicians, and the earlier Arabian writers, singularly complete and systematic, but is thought not to show the practical experience of its author.
It embraces many duties - some of them menial and disagreeable - besides the purely medical and surgical functions.
Printing, book-selling, the manufacture of surgical and scientific instruments, chemicals, gloves and vinegar, and the cultivation of hops, fruit and vines are among the leading occupations of the inhabitants.