De materia medica. Il Dioscoride di Napoli
Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli - Ms. ex - Vindobonense Greco 1, VI-VII sec. d. C.
Dioscorides, the eminent physician from the 1st century AD, is considered the founding father of pharmacology, as he laid the conceptual and scientific groundwork for pharmacological treatment. He gathered Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Graeco-Roman therapeutic knowledge in a work entitled De materia medica.
De materia medica: this key work in the field of medicine was unrivalled by his contemporaries, given his clear and detailed description of medications, based on a rational method still valid today.
There are numerous versions of Dioscorides' original work. One of the oldest is the Codex Neapolitanus, written in Greek, with 172 richly illuminated folios, illustrating in an "herbal" form the properties and uses of 409 plant species discussed in Dioscorides' work.
In collaboration with the University and National Library of Naples, Aboca is offering an unprecedented publication of this codex, where for the first time the facsimile is accompanied by the complete translation of the Greek text.
The historical and artistic side is flanked by a critical commentary and 243 modern botanical tables. There are 374 entries compiled by specialists, comparing Dioscorides' ideas with today's medical and botanical knowledge. The modernity of Dioscorides' text is also enhanced by an appendix with 700 entries on diseases and the pharmaceuticals to treat them.
Technical description of the facsimile
Format: 29 x 33 cm.
992 pages (488+504), 172 facsimiles, 409 described species, 374 entries with critical commentaries, 243 modern drawings.
Fabric-covered boxed set of 2 volumes.
Stitched paperback binding.
Cardboard cover finished in synthetic leather with dry hot gilding.
Presentation by Guido Trombetti.
Preface by Mauro Giancaspro and Valentino Mercati.
Introduction by Paolo Caputo, Paolo De Luca, Roberto De Lucia, Roberto Romano e Manuela De Matteis Tortora, Hans Walter Lack, Pietro Baraldi and Paolo Bensi, Alessandro Menghini.
Afterword by Alain Touwaide.
243 modern botanical illustrations by Luca Massenzio Palermo.
Aboca Edizioni, April 20133
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