Jewish History

, Volume 32, Issue 2–4, pp 487–492 | Cite as

How to Read a Medical Prescription

  • Leigh ChipmanEmail author


A major problem facing historians of modern medicine is the question of the connection between theory and practice. The Cairo Geniza provides a unique window into this topic in the form of medical prescriptions. This essay explains what a medical prescription is and describes how to analyze fragments identified as prescriptions. This explanation is followed by an example, T-S Ar.30.305, one of the best-preserved prescriptions, that is transcribed, translated, and discussed.


Pharmacy Geniza Materia medica Prescriptions Premodern medicine 


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© Springer Nature B.V. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JerusalemIsrael

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