Dioscorides on Pharmacy and Medicine

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In this culmination of over twenty years of research, the author employs modern science and anthropological studies innovatively and cautiously to demonstrate the substance to Dioscorides' authority in medicine.
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1986 hardback First ed Good in Good dust jacket 0292715447. Closed tear in dustjacket. Gift inscription.; History of Science Series; 9 X 6 X 1 inches; 298 pages.

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Hardcover. 8vo. University of Texas Press. 1986. 298 pgs. DJ in VG shape with light shelfwear present to the DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, ... binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 771; History of Science Series; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 298 pages; For 1,600 years Dioscorides (ca. AD 40-80) was regarded as the foremost authority on drugs. He knew mild laxatives and strong purgatives, analgesics for headaches, antiseptics for wounds, emetics to rid one of ingested poisons, chemotherapy agents for cancer treatments, and even oral contraceptives. Why, then, have his works remained obscure in recent centuries? Because of one small oversight (Dioscorides himself thought it was self-evident) : he failed to describe his method for organizing drugs by their affinities. This omission led medical authorities to use his materials as a guide to pharmacy while overlooking Dioscorides' most valuable contribution--his empirically derived method for observing and classifying drugs by clinical testing. Dioscorides' De materia medica, a five-volume work, was written in the first century. Here revealed for the first time is the thesis that Dioscorides wrote more than a lengthy guide book. He wrote a great work of science. He had said that he discovered the natural order and would demonstrate it by his arrangement of drugs from plants, minerals, and animals. Until John M. Riddle's pathfinding study, no one saw the genius of his system. Botanists from the eighteenth century often attempted to find his unexplained method by identifying the sequences of his plants according to the Linnean system but, while there are certain patterns, there remained inexplicable incoherencies. However, Dioscorides' natural order as set down in De materia medica was determined by drug affinities as detected by his acute, clinical ability to observe drug reactions in and on the body. So remarkable was his ability to see relationships that, in some cases, h Read more Show Less

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1986 Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 0292715447. Dustjacket is protected in mylar.; For the sixteen hundred years of the modern era, termed Christian, in the stretch from the ... Viking north to the Indian Ocean, the knowledge of medicines came more from the prodigious search effort of one man, Dioscorides (fl. Ca. A. D. 40-80), than from any other person. While he may not have been the first to discover most of the usages, he industriously collected them from various lands, codified the data, and organized it in a clear, concise, and rational fashion. For this reason he became the chief authority on pharmacy and one of the principal ones on medicine. Some time around the period A. D. 50-70, Dioscorides published a five-book study, to use his words, "on the preparation, properties, and testing of drugs. " The title was in Latin, De materia medica [The Materials of Medicine]. Like the vast majority of people born at the beginning of the Christian era, Dioscorides lived and died in relative obscurity. But, l Read more Show Less

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In this culmination of over twenty years of research, the author employs modern science and anthropological studies innovatively and cautiously to demonstrate the substance to Dioscorides' authority in medicine.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780292715448
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1985
  • Series: History of Science Series, #3
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 328

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