Member of the Board of Trustees of the Avicenna Foundation Ali Akbar Velayati lashed out at the German film “The Physician”, which portrays a “distorted” image of the renowned Iranian scientist Avicenna.
are not qualified to comment on Islamic and Iranian traditional medicine or
make a movie on the life of Avicenna, Velayati, himself a physician, told the
Tasnim News Agency.
cannot expect much of the producers of such films and their countries, Velayati
said, reiterating that they lack the necessary qualifications to get involved
in such topics.
Physician is a 2013 German adventure film based on the novel of the same name
by Noah Gordon. The movie focuses on an orphan from 11th-century English town
whose mother died of a mysterious illness. The boy vows to study medicine and
decides to travel to Persia, where he meets the Iranian scientist Avicenna.
film distorts Iran’s medical history and the personality of Avicenna. It is
shown in the film that Iranian clergymen betray the Iranian city of Isfahan to
drive the Jews and such figures as Avicenna, who is depicted as a blasphemous
secular, out of the city.
Physician shows that they set fire to Avicenna’s great library, suggesting that
Iran’s medical science also ends when the books are burned.
is also claimed in the movie that Avicenna commits suicide after transferring
his knowledge to the main character of the film, Rob Cole, who is a British
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