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What did Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037A.D.) look like?

What did Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037A.D.) look like?

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  • Caroline Erolin
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja (Lead / Corresponding author)
  • Marious Loukas
  • Ghaffar Shokouhi
  • Mohammada Reza Rashidi
  • Majid Khalili
  • R. Shane Tubbs

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Journal publication date1 Sep 2013
Early online date18/10/12


We present a reconstruction of Avicenna's face from the only photograph of his skull available today. The photograph is more than 50 years old, and was obtained during the exhumation of Avicenna's tomb in Hamadan for relocation. The reconstruction procedure was performed by the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee, UK. This is probably the first scholarly attempt to reconstruct Avicenna's face. Historians and clinicians who are interested in the history of medicine may find the current craniofacial analysis of Avicenna and the final output interesting and worth recording. The life, achievements and contributions of Avicenna to medical sciences and the influence of his "Canon" on Renaissance medicine are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


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