The literature on medicine and pharmacology in medieval Muslim society is vast and detailed. Yet study and assessment of the practical aspects of medicine and pharmacology in the Mediterranean society, requires examination of authentic documents. The prescriptions, lists of Materia Medica, letters, parts of books and medical notebooks found in the Cairo Genizah are important sources of knowledge that supply us with a valuable historical dimension. Familiarity with them provides a better understanding of everyday practical and theoretical medicine and pharmacology in medieval Muslim countries.
Professor Efraim Lev was trained as historian and field biologist; therefore, his academic work has always had a strong interdisciplinary focus. He spent his post-doc at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, and was a Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge. His research focuses on the history of medicine and pharmacology in the medieval Middle East with particular emphasis on the medical documents of the Cairo Genizah. Prof. Lev published so far 10 books, 90 referred articles and 10 chapters. In 2013 he won the George Urdang Medal for pharmaco-historical writings.