The Lawh-i-Tibb (Tablet to the Physician)
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Ziaei, M. “The Lawh-I-Tibb (Tablet to the Physician): Beyond Health Maxims”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 29, no. 3, Sept. 2019, pp. 67-82, doi:10.31581/jbs-29.3.4(2019).


The Lawh-i-Tibb is a well-known, oft-referenced tablet by Bahá’u’lláh and one of the few explicitly related to medicine and healing. While the health maxims contained in it are often the focus of popular interest, relatively little attention has been paid to other aspects of the tablet. Complicating the study of this important work is the lack of an authorized English translation. This paper, drawing on provisional translations, focuses on the tablet’s historical context, its paradigms for the study and practice of medicine, its description of the ideal characteristics of a physician, and its foreshadowing of the evolution of medical science.
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