Between east and west: Garcia de Orta's colloquies and the circulation of medical knowledge in the sixteenth century

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Abstract

This paper analyses the importance of Garcia de Orta’s Colloquies on the simples and drugs of India (Goa, 1563) in the construction and circulationof Asian botanical and medical knowledge in the sixteenth century. It begins by examining the combined importance of experience and testimony in Orta’s assessment of materia medica from India. It then considers the relevance of interaction and exchange of medical systems between the West and the East in the Portuguese physician’s understanding of medical knowledge and practices. Finally, it analyses how medical and botanical information provided by thiswork was reframed by Carolus Clusius and circulated innew forms in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalAsclepio-Revista De Historia De La Medicina Y De La Ciencia
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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