Arabic Texts May Aid in Fighting Disease

“As many as 5 million ancient and recent manuscripts may lie unexplored in West African private libraries and hidden underground, and some may provide clues to diseases that have spread from the continent, the Librarian of Congress says.”

“I’d bet there’s material in those African manuscripts about disease we’ve never even heard of,” James H. Billington said in an interview, recalling that in medieval times Arabic medicine was far ahead of European practices. HIV, ebola and other diseases originated in African areas whose history is still to be explored.” (from AP)