The first arguments for the use of quarantine to control the spread of diseases appeared in “The Canon of Medicine,” a five-volume medical encyclopedia compiled by Persian polymath Ibn Sina (980-1037), known as Avicenna. Ibn Sina was the first to designate a method to avoid contagion through 40-day sanitary isolation. He called the method “al-Arba’iniya” (the fortieth), translated literally to “quarantena” in early Venetian language.
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