De materia medica by Pedanius Dioscorides of Anazarbus, Lily Y. Beck (transl.)

By Pedanius Dioscorides of Anazarbus, Lily Y. Beck (transl.)

This is often the 1st sleek English translation of Dioscorides’ huge 'De Materia Medica', written within the first century of our period. it really is in keeping with the Greek textual content validated by means of Max Wellmann in 1906 - 1914. The medicinal fabrics whose assets, arrangements and makes use of are defined comprise greater than six hundred vegetation, but in addition animal items and minerals. The identity of vegetation relies at the newest scholarship on old Graeco-Roman botany. 4 vast indexes (plants, animals, minerals, scientific index) provide a simple entry to the textual content. The booklet could be of curiosity to classical philologists, to historians of medication and of technology, to ethnobotanists and different anthropologists, and to investigate pharmacologists who discover historic and folks clinical practices within the seek of latest chemotherapies.

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De materia medica

This is often the 1st smooth English translation of Dioscorides’ enormous 'De Materia Medica', written within the first century of our period. it really is in line with the Greek textual content confirmed through Max Wellmann in 1906 - 1914. The medicinal fabrics whose resources, arrangements and makes use of are defined contain greater than six hundred vegetation, but additionally animal items and minerals.

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3· Applied like a pessary with honey, the roots draw down embryos/fetuses15 and when used boiled as cataplasms they soften scrofulous gland swellings and old indurations. Dried, they fill up ulcers, they cleanse them with honey, and they flesh up bones stripped of flesh. Plastered on with vinegar and unguent of roses, they help for headaches and they clear away birthmarks and freckles when smeared with twice as much white hellebore. They are compounded with pessaries, emollients, and analgesics, and on the whole, they are useful for many purposes.

Cassia is the name o f the Chinese species while cinnamon of the Malayan. It is the bark of these trees, stripped from the branches and sun-dried that is used. See more on the subject J. C. , pp. 42-47. 2RA Hebrew word. 14 especially well suited for the art of medicine. 29 2. But the rest are worthless, as are the cassia called asyphe, which is dark, unsavory, with a thin or even a broken bark, and the cassias called citto and darca. There is also a spurious cassia, which is uncannily similar and which is tested by its taste, being neither pungent nor spicy; moreover, its bark clings to the pith.

Women use it also as a cosmetic. The dirt47 that collects in bathrooms can warm, soften, and disperse; it is also serviceable in salves for chaps and callous lumps. And the stuff from wrestling schools that absorbed dust and that is like filth helps for chalkstones around the knuckles when plastered on them, and those suffering from hip disease when applied hot instead of a softener or a hot compress. The filth both from the walls of gymnasia and from statues warms and disperses growths that refuse to be assimilated, and it is suitable for abrasions and old sores.

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