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De Materia Medica is the prime historical source of information about the medicines used by the Greeks, Romans, and other cultures of antiquity. The work also records the Dacian ,  Thracian ,  Roman, ancient Egyptian and North African Carthaginian names for some plants, which otherwise would have been lost.
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The work presents about plants in all,  although the descriptions are sometimes obscurely phrased, leading to comments such as: "Numerous individuals from the Middle Ages on have struggled with the identity of the recondite kinds",  while some of the botanical identifications of Dioscorides' plants remain merely guesses. De Materia Medica formed the core of the European pharmacopeia through the 19th century, suggesting that "the timelessness of Dioscorides' work resulted from an empirical tradition based on trial and error; that it worked for generation after generation despite social and cultural changes and changes in medical theory".
The plant genus Dioscorea , which includes the yam , was named after him by Linnaeus. De Materia Medica in Arabic , Spain , 12thth century. Cumin and dill from an Arabic book of simples ca. Byzantine De Materia Medica , 15th century. In Voltaire 's Candide , the title character's injuries received at the hands of the Bulgarian army, into which he had been conscripted, are healed using "emollients taught by Dioscorides. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the physician, pharmacologist and botanist.
For the philosopher, see Dioscorides Stoic. For the admiral, see Dioscurides nephew of Antigonus I. Dioscorides receives a mandrake root, an illumination from the 6th century Greek Juliana Anicia Codex. Anazarbus , Cilicia , Asia Minor. Main article: De Materia Medica. Dioscorides as depicted in a Arabic edition of De Materia Medica. In Hayes, Andrew Wallace ed. Principles and methods of toxicology 5th ed. Ancient medicine. Routledge, Singing Dragon. Retrieved 1 July The History of Medicine. The Rosen Publishing Group. Ancient Medicine. Page The Academy. Alexander and Shephrard.
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