Epitome Galeni Pergameni operum, in quatuor partes digesta, pulcherrima methodo universam illius viri doctrinam complectens: per And. Lacunam Secobiensem, equitem auratum, et medicum longe excellentissimum, summa fide studioque collecta.
Putting together an Epitome of the works of Galen must have been an arduous enterprise for Andrea Laguna. He was dealing with an author with a repertory of 108 known books, while it is said that in actuality he had written over 400 books. In his works, Galen reveals himself to be a true theologian who sees in nature the causal chain that ascends to the Creative Intelligence. We can define his approach as one of "eclectic Aristotelianism": "the influence of Aristotle is in his logic, physics and metaphysics, while he tends toward Platonism in psychology, he towers in true physiology and always has an exact conception of experimentation." Of the four sections (a total of 85 books), we present those most linked to the plant world, which are: De theriaca ad Pisonem, De antidotis, De simplicium medicamentorum facultatibus, Ars medicinali, De naturalis facultatibus and, in particular, the De alimentorum facultatibus, which lists a long series of foods with their nutritive and medicinal properties. Among the latter are included hedge mustard, poppies, cannabis, vetch, chaste tree, horsebean, chickpeas and chicklings, fava beans and wild peas.