Article ID: CBB206832635

Materia Medica and the History of the Book in Seventeenth-Century Portugal (2021)


Abstract This article provides an analysis of the most successful books on materia medica printed in Portugal in the seventeenth century and their influence on subsequent works. The study is informed by methodologies and concerns from the field of the history of the book and pays particular attention to paratexts, genres as well as to physical formats. It shows that these elements were fundamental in defining intended audiences and in constructing strategies of legitimation for their authors. In addition, it assesses issues of readership by considering the marginalia preserved in some copies of these books. The investigation has also into account a significant number of manuscripts on the subject. In spite of their limited circulation, this article shows the advantage of manuscript culture in the dissemination of knowledge on materia medica. Since they could circumvent censorship, particularly in the case of chemical remedies, they reveal a more open approach towards therapeutic innovations and the integration of new ideas and practices.

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Authors & Contributors
Luana Giurgevich
Lafont, Olivier
Yale, Elizabeth E.
Oh, Chaekun
Totelin, Laurence M. V.
Fleck, Eliane Cristina Deckmann
Archives of Natural History
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Korean Journal of Medical History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Brepols Publishers
Secretariado Nacional para os Bens Culturais da Igreja
Materia medica
Natural history
Medicine, traditional
Dioscorides, Pedanios
Evelyn, John
Aubrey, John
Ray, John
Willdenow, Carl Ludwig
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
16th century
18th century
Rome (Italy)
Berlin (Germany)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
British Library
Coimbra. Universidade

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