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Medicine and culture in 10th-century Cordoba

My POV character is the apprentice to a stranded time traveler who's chosen to settle down in Cordoba around 940 AD. She's working as a doctor/midwife. What do I need to know about the local level of medical expertise? What modern/futuristic medical practices would be totally alien to the locals? What could they introduce successfully, and what would be met with resistance? General details for life in this place and time would also be much appreciated.

I've read The Ornament of the World, the wikipedia page, and a bunch of articles found by googling 'medieval Muslim medicine.' I know the contemporary doctors would have at least tried washing their hands and patient's wounds, though there would have been no such concept as sterile conditions. I'm sure there's plenty I'm missing, though.
Tags: spain: history, ~medicine: historical, ~religion: islam

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