In Egypt, Maimonides had to face a number of misfortunes right in the starting years. Jacobs and Broyde had mentioned in their article that his father, Maimon had died during that period too. After the demise of his father, his brother “David” had taken the responsibility of supporting the family by the trading of precious stones. His financial support had provided Maimonides with the comfort of continuing and devoting himself to study Torah and author his first scholarly work on the Mishnah which started in 1166 and finished in 1168. This work of Maimonides was established as a seminal work in the Jewish Law. But it was not the end of losses for Maimonides, as his brother got perished in the sea in 1171. With his brother, his own fortune along with the large sums of other traders that had been entrusted upon David was also lost with him. That event had affected the health of Maimonides and he remained sick for a long time span.After recovering his grievances and compelling to start a work for his living, Maimonides chose to adopt the medical profession to support himself and his brother’s family. After several years of medical practice, he succeeded in establishing himself as an authority in the medical profession. According to the biographical article of Jacobs and Broyde, Maimonides’ expertise in medical field led him to get appointed as a private physician to Saladin’s Al-Kadi al-Fadil al-Balsamic. He later recommended him to the royal family and awarded him with the honor of several distinctions. According to an Arabic historian Al-Kitti, Maimonides had refused to accept a similar position being offered to him by “the King of the Franks in Ascalon” (Richard I of England).Maimonides adopted the simple practice of treating and trying to the diseases with the help of prescribed diet before any kind of drug administration within his professional career.
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