De Materia Medica Pharmacopoeia Published

Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides published a five-volume pharmacopoeia titled De Materia Medica in 77 CE. Dioscorides researched medicinal plants during his travels as an army surgeon under Emperor Nero of Rome. The volumes describe about 1,000 medicines derived from vegetable, animal, and chemical sources and gave botanical descriptions of 600 plants, peppermint and cannabis among them. The books were translated into many languages and became a standard reference work for over 1,500 years.

      77 CE
      Pedanius Dioscorides

Additional Information:

  • De materia medica – Wikipedia
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