De Materia Medica

De Materia Medica

A classic treatise on herbal remedies written by Dioscorides in the first century AD, which described more than 600 plants. De Materia Medica formed the basis for European herbal medicine, until Culpepper’s publication of The Complete Herbal in the 1600s.
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On to Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist as well as the author of De Materia Medica - a five-volume encyclopaedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances that was widely read for more than 1,500 years.
The earliest surviving records of illustrated Greek Herbals indicate De Materia Medica was widely read and reproduced during the Middle Ages in Latin, Arabic and Greek.
The book includes a foreword by an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, color photographs, lists of covered plants included in De Materia Medica and other early sources, the shade-tolerance ratings of covered trees, species suitable for an urban meadow, key characteristics of major plant families, and a glossary.
His five-volume work De Materia Medica was used for more than 1,500 years.
For more than 1,500 years, the closest equivalent of today's Physicians' Desk Reference was the pharmacological treatise, De materia medica, "On medical materials.
Almost as soon as it was written, De materia medica began to be excerpted, condensed, rearranged, and translated into Latin, Arabic, and European vernaculars.
Also, it has been argued that original text of the De materia medica was not originally illustrated.
And finally, Paula Findlen sketches the formation of a virtual community of natural historians in the shifting lists of names that the sixteenth-century Sienese physician Pier Andrea Mattioli chose to acknowledge or condemn in his series of definitive editions of Dioscorides's De materia medica.
The De Materia Medica of Dioscorides stated that a decoction of the plant's fruit could alleviate inflammation of the womb.
121-23), requires knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Persian, as well as historical medical literature, from Dioskurides' De materia medica to Maimonides' glossary of drug names, to mention only the more easily accessible references (cf.
Accompanying the images are notes on the medicinal value of the plants catalogued taken largely from Andrea Mattioli's 1568 edition of Dioscorides' De materia medica and further textual explication written for these volumes.
De materia medica, first published in 1555 in Anvers, gave him a fame comparable to that of the Sienese Pietro-Andrea Martioli (1501-77), who translated Dioscorides' treatise into Italian.