Book ID: CBB762547983

Medicine, Trade and Empire: Garcia de Orta's Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) in Context (2016)


Fontes da Costa, Palmira (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 314 pages
Language: English

Garcia de Orta’s Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) was one of the first books to take advantage of the close relationship between medicine, trade and empire in the early modern period. The book was printed in Goa, the capital of the Portuguese empire in the East, and the city where the author, a Portuguese physician of Jewish ancestry, lived for almost thirty years. It presents a vast array of medical information on various drugs, spices, plants, fruits and minerals native to India or adjoining territories. In addition, it includes information concerning indigenous methods of healing as well as a far-reaching assessment of ancient and modern authors on Asian materia medica. Orta’s book had a market in Asia but was particularly valuable to a European audience. It soon attracted the attention of various European authors and printers by providing the basis for adaptations, commentaries and editions in various languages, prompting a successful and complex trail of medical knowledge in transit. Authored by an interdisciplinary team of prominent international scholars, the volume takes into account recent historiographical trends and provides a contextualized and innovative analysis of the histories and reception of the Colloquies. It emphasizes the value of the work to historians today as a symbol of the impact of geographical expansion and globalization in a sixteenth-century medical world.

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Review Anna Winterbottom (2016) Review of "Medicine, Trade and Empire: Garcia de Orta's Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) in Context". Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology (pp. 340-343). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Riva, Ernesto
Camana, Carla
Touwaide, Alain
Sharma, Jayeeta
Carrasco, Joaquín
Scarborough, John
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Pharmacy in History
Journal of Biosciences
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Edizioni Cadmo
Ashgate Publishing
University of Georgia Press
Walter de Gruyter
Pharmaceutical botany
Dioscorides, Pedanios
Hakluyt, Richard
Time Periods
18th century
16th century
19th century
17th century
Early modern
Mediterranean region
East India Company (English)

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