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Avicenna (Algeria 1982)

The Stamp

This stamp was issued in Algeria in 1980, the 1000th anniversary of Avicenna's birth.

The Doctor

Avicenna was born around 980 in Persia (now Iran). He has also been called Ibn Sīnā or Abu Ali Sin. He was a doctor but also a noted polymath with a broad breadth of knowledge.

He wrote a large book of medicine and surgery called Avicenna’s Canon.

The Urology Connection

Avicenna wrote on uroscopy and was the said to have been the first to use a flexible catheter to irrigate the bladder and treat urinary retention.

 

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