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  Greek Medicine | Other Greek Physicians | Dioscorides
Dioscorides of Anazarbus was a Greek physician born in southeast Asia Minor in the Roman Empire in the first few decades C.E. During his lifetime, Dioscorides traveled extensively seeking medicinal substances from all over the Roman and Greek world.
This Spanish edition of Dioscorides is one of the many illustrated editions which came out in the 16th century.
Dioscorides included animal products in his medicines along with plants and minerals.
www.nlm.nih.gov /hmd/greek/greek_dioscorides.html   (240 words)

  
  Pedanius Dioscorides Summary
Dioscorides, the compiler of one of the first important Western herbals, is regarded as the founder of Western pharmacology.
Dioscorides, a keen observer and naturalist, was attempting to devise a more systematic treatment of botany and herbal medicine than his predecessors.
Dioscorides is famous for writing a five volume book De Materia Medica that is a precursor to all modern pharmacopeias, and is one of the most influential herbal books in history.
www.bookrags.com /Pedanius_Dioscorides   (1565 words)

  
  What is an Herb? :: “The Vienna Dioscorides,” De Materia Medica, 512 A.D.
Dioscorides prescribed the milky juice of Galbanum for ulcers, coughs, convulsions, ruptures, headaches, stomach pains, menstrual cramps, toothaches, snakebites, and labor pains.
Dioscorides prescribed its stem as a sedative and its berries as diuretics.
Dioscorides recommended rose petal paste as an eye salve and suggested a decoction of rose petal dust in wine for headaches, earaches, and hemorrhoids.
healthsystem.virginia.edu /internet/library/historical/rare_books/herbalism/vienna.cfm   (710 words)

  
 What is an Herb? :: “The Vienna Dioscorides,” De Materia Medica, 512 A.D.
Dioscorides prescribed the milky juice of Galbanum for ulcers, coughs, convulsions, ruptures, headaches, stomach pains, menstrual cramps, toothaches, snakebites, and labor pains.
Dioscorides prescribed its stem as a sedative and its berries as diuretics.
Dioscorides recommended rose petal paste as an eye salve and suggested a decoction of rose petal dust in wine for headaches, earaches, and hemorrhoids.
www.healthsystem.virginia.edu /internet/library/historical/rare_books/herbalism/vienna.cfm   (710 words)

  
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In order to abort the fetus during the early months of pregnancies, Soranus and Dioscorides suggest dietary diuretics, laxatives with pungent clyster, and lupine beans, which are poisonous unless properly prepared.
Dioscorides (Riddle, 54-55) in a brief section describes an abortion wine made from several components of drugs.
So whereas Dioscorides might have known the ingredients, he would not necessarily know the proper amounts, which implies that he knew of the existence of an abortion wine, but not its practice.
www.unc.edu /courses/rometech/public/content/special/Stephanie_Doerfler/Abortion.html   (841 words)

  
 De Materia Medica
Dioscorides compiled his medical treatise at the suggestion of a fellow-physician, Areius.
Dioscorides added extensively to the range of plants used in medicine.
Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, was born in Como in 23CE and died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE.
www.cancerlynx.com /dioscorides.html   (957 words)

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