Nationalgeographic.com has reported that at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt, monks have discovered what is being called the oldest-to-date medical recipes from Hippocrates, the “father of Western medicine.”
The discovery of the 6th century manuscript occurred amidst restorations at the monastery’s library, which contains some 6,000 manuscripts written in Arabic, Ethiopian, Coptic, Armenian, Syriac and Greek and is considered to be the oldest continuously operating library in the world.
In total, this discovery revealed a medical recipe attributed to Hippocrates, as well as three recipes with pictures of herbs. The manuscripts were then examined by researchers at the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL).
“The manuscript, which contains three medical texts, will be enlisted among the oldest and the most important manuscripts in the world,” Michael Phelps, a researcher at the EMEL recently told the Egyptian newspaper Asharq Al-Aswat.