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The Physician (2013)

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In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

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Barber
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Shah Ala ad-Daula
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Rebecca
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Karim
Fahri Yardim ...
Davout Hossein
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Imam (as Makram J Khoury)
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Mirdin
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Bar Kappara
Emil Marwa ...
Tuveh Ben Meir
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Merlin
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Young Rob Cole (as Adam Wright)
Jodie McNee ...
Agnes Cole
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Despina
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When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Written by Literary Guild alternate

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25 December 2013 (Germany)  »

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The film is based on a best-selling novel by Noah Gordon's "The Physician". The book was recorded in 1999 at the Book Fair in Madrid, in the list of the ten most popular books of all time. See more »

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Isfahan is supposedly attacked by Seljuq (not to be confused with Seleucids) forces under the command of Tugrul Bey in the final days of Ibn Sina, 1037. But that year, Bey sacked Ghazni instead, some 1575 Kilometers away. Seljuk empire did not conquer Isfahan and made it its capital until 1051. See more »

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Ibn Sina: Because there is nothing to be afraid of.Death is merely a threshold we must all cross... into the silence, after the final heartbeat... drifting away with our final exhalation... into eternal peace...
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This movie tells a lie about the real great person Aviceena
21 April 2014 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

This fancy movie is good at special effects but it is a lie about a real great person.

Avicenna, was a Persian polymath, who wrote almost 450 works on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving works concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.

His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine, which was a standard medical text at many medieval universities. The Canon of Medicine was used as a textbook in the universities of Montpellier and Leuven as late as 1650. His 'Canon of Medicine' provides an overview of all aspects of medicine according to the principles of Galen (and Hippocrates)

His corpus also includes writing on philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, geology, psychology, Islamic theology, logic, mathematics, physics, as well as poetry.He is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age.

The remaining ten or twelve years of Ibn Sīnā's life were spent in the service of the Kakuyid ruler Muhammad ibn Rustam Dushmanziyar, whom he accompanied as physician and general literary and scientific adviser, even in his numerous campaigns.

During last few years of his life he began to study literary matters and philology, instigated, it is asserted, by criticisms on his style. A severe colic, which seized him on the march of the army against Hamadan, was checked by remedies so violent that Ibn Sina could scarcely stand. On a similar occasion the disease returned; with difficulty he reached Hamadan, where, finding the disease gaining ground, he refused to keep up the regimen imposed, and resigned himself to his fate.

His friends advised him to slow down and take life moderately. He refused, however, stating that: "I prefer a short life with width to a narrow one with length".On his deathbed remorse seized him; he bestowed his goods on the poor, restored unjust gains, freed his slaves, and read through the Qur'an every three days until his death. He died in June 1037, in his fifty-eighth year, in the month of Ramadan and was buried in Hamadan, Iran

I think that would be much much fair if they used a fancy character instead of Avicenna in this movie!!!


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