Year 2019, Volume 32 , Issue 2, Pages 94 - 96 2019-05-31

De materia medica: where art and scientific principles pome together

Elif OZDOGAN [1]


This essay interprets and analyses the painting called “Dioscorides
describing the mandrake”, which is currently located in a
permanent exhibition at Wellcome Collection in London, UK.
The painting features Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek botanist
and pharmacologist who practiced in the Roman Empire during
the rule of Nero. Dioscorides is known for his influential De
Materia Medica, a five-volume book on medicinal uses of various
plants and herbs. What makes this script special and influential
is that it included a vast amount of herbs, detailed descriptions,
scientific observations, as well as a scientific classification and
order. Upon reflection on this piece of art, I am reminded of the
medical realm that we are gradually becoming a part of as medical
students. There is immense passion, knowledge and intelligence
in how medicine became modern medicine today. For me, the
painting on Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica is a compelling visual
representation of centuries – long endeavor.
De Materia Medica, Dioscorides, Pharmacology, History of medicine
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Primary Language en
Subjects Medicine
Journal Section Art and Medicine
Authors

Author: Elif OZDOGAN (Primary Author)

Dates

Publication Date : May 31, 2019

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APA OZDOGAN, E . (2019). De materia medica: where art and scientific principles pome together. Marmara Medical Journal , 32 (2) , 94-96 . DOI: 10.5472/marumj.571589
MLA OZDOGAN, E . "De materia medica: where art and scientific principles pome together". Marmara Medical Journal 32 (2019 ): 94-96 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/marumj/issue/45474/571589>
Chicago OZDOGAN, E . "De materia medica: where art and scientific principles pome together". Marmara Medical Journal 32 (2019 ): 94-96
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Vancouver OZDOGAN E . De materia medica: where art and scientific principles pome together. Marmara Medical Journal. 2019; 32(2): 96-94.