Heratsi, Mkhitar

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Heratsi, Mkhitar


Born mid-12th century; died early 13th century. Classic Armenian medical writer of the Middle Ages who was well acquainted with the work of Arab, Greek, and Persian physicians.

Heratsi, a scientist with a rational world view who avoided abstract judgments unsupported by clinical practice, was a proponent of the theory later called humoral pathology. His well-known works include On Stones and Their Curative Powers, The Anatomy of the Eye, and a fragment from a work on eye diseases. Heratsi’s 850th anniversary was commemorated in 1969.


[Herats’i, Mkhit’ar.] Uteshenie pri likhoradkakh, 2nd ed. Yerevan, 1968. (Translated from Armenian.)


Melik-Parsadanian, Kh. Mkhitar Geratsi (Vrach XII veka). Yerevan, 1941.
Ktsoian, A. S. Mkhitar Geratsi—vrach XII veka. Yerevan, 1968. (Translated from Armenian.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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