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HASH(0x9cdcd960) étoiles sur 5 Riddle unriddles Dioscorides 1 février 2000
Par Sarah D. Hultmark - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book is probably the only modern treatment of Dioscorides. It is certainly the best.It is almost impossible to obtain a copy of Dioscorides' text in any language. Dr. Riddle makes reading the original almost unnecessary and it is a pity that his book is already out of print. Anyone with an interest in Greek, and therefore Western, uses of plants as medicines will be unable to put this book down.
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HASH(0x9cddbc18) étoiles sur 5 Dioscorides Through a Modern Glass Darkly - But Well! 9 mai 2014
Par David K. Osborn - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Since the time of Dioscorides, which was in the first century of the Christian era, there has certainly been a lot of historical "water under the bridge", and scientific perspectives and attitudes on medicine and pharmacy have changed radically, and many times over. And so, the whole scientific and medical worldview of Dioscorides' time was radically different from our own, including most of the basic scientific concepts and paradigms used to understand medicine. Looking at Dioscorides through a modern glass, using the available tools of modern botany, chemistry, medical history and archeology, John M. Riddle, a history professor, does his best to unravel the medical mysteries of Dioscorides, who has had an unparalleled influence on the entire field of medicine and pharmacy in Western civilization; Dioscorides was definitely a man way ahead of his time, and his five volume magnum opus, De Materia Medica, was the supreme authority on herbs and medicines for over 1500 years.

Considering the fact that Mr. Riddle is a history professor and an academician, and is not an herbalist or traditional healer with practical experience in using herbs and natural medicinal substances to heal, and is confined to the academic tools of modern theoretical science to make his observations and judgments, he has done a marvelous job of interpreting Dioscorides for the modern reader. I must admit that I learned a lot by reading this work, and found it to be a treasure trove of fascinating facts and useful information - perhaps some of it more useful to the natural healer than even Mr. Riddle understands. I will have to go back and re-read and thoroughly digest and mine the book for the application of the useful information contained therein, and how it will be useful and beneficial to me as an herbalist and a natural healer.

I found validation of some of the various things I have learned and studied in other fields of traditional medicine, such as Ayurveda, in some of the most unexpected ways: For example, he talks about the burning or calcining of various sea shells to produce Quicklime, a calcium compound that is very efficacious as an antacid for gastric hyperacidity and acid reflux. This brought me back to a summer intensive class on Bhasmas and Ayurvedic alchemical medicines that I had taken, in which the teacher told me of a similar Ayurvedic bhasma that was prepared by calcining or burning five different types of sea shells, called Praval Panchamrit, that was used to treat chronic stomach hyperacidity and digestive disturbances in Ayurvedic medicine. All this has gone to increase my understanding and appreciation of the universality of the truths of natural healing.

The blurbs on the back cover, and on this site, say that Mr. Riddle has somehow revealed the lost key or the Rosetta Stone for understanding Dioscorides and the underlying organizational framework that he used to help readers of De Materia Medica understand and master medical and pharmacological knowledge more quickly and easily. Somehow, that magic key to Dioscorides still eludes me, and it seems as if Mr. Riddle has not uncovered anything that was previously unknown about Dioscorides' organizational methods. To make a long story short, Dioscorides' method was simply to group medicinal substances with similar physiological effects and actions on the body together. But in his use of the tools of modern science to understand and sort out Dioscorides and his work, Mr. Riddle tends to use chemistry and chemical similarities as his primary key.

As an academic well versed in Latin and Greek, Mr. Riddle just spouts out, very frequently I may add, words, written in the Greek alphabet for key medical concepts and substances without considering that the average reader of his book may not be able to read Greek like he can. I would advise him to transliterate the Greek words into Latin letters in future editions. He also just throws out chapter numbers for various herbs and medicinal substances as they appear in Dioscorides' Materia Medica, without realizing or appreciating how difficult, or even virtually impossible, it is for most readers to get their hands on a copy. What I would also appreciate greatly is an index of all the chapters in Dioscorides' Materia Medica, and the herbs and medicinal substances they pertain to, in the back of the book, so readers can at least link the chapter numbers he throws out there to their content and subject matter.

Verily, verily indeed, John M. Riddle opens up a fascinating new world for us in this great book - the medical and pharmacological world of antiquity - which is one that needs to be much more studied and appreciated than it generally is today, dominated as our modern world is by Big Pharma. Sadly, it is virtually impossible to obtain an English version of Dioscorides' De Materia Medica, although, believe me, I have really looked for it. Perhaps this seminal work will reawaken interest in Dioscorides to the extent that a team of scholars and translators will put together a new edition of Dioscorides' magnum opus for modern readers which is true and accurate to the original work, yet understandable and accessible to the academician, the layperson and the natural healer as well.
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HASH(0x9cdd4ca8) étoiles sur 5 Dioscorides' materia medica 14 septembre 2015
Par Jole Shackelford - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is now a classic in the history of pharmacy. Some historians balk at the use of modern chemical analysis of historical materials and may therefore doubt some of the tentative conclusions Riddle arrives at about specific drugs, but his basic methodology will stand the test of time. More importantly, his insight into Dioscorides' method is brilliant.
HASH(0x9cdd47f8) étoiles sur 5 An excellent book, most likely the result of a lifetime ... 24 février 2016
Par Joel Grossman - Publié sur
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An excellent book, most likely the result of a lifetime of work and study. I am not a practitioner, so cannot add or subtract to the views of those who are. On reviewer lamented that the original text was not readily available, leaving us only with this interpretation. I think that said more about the reviewer's ignorance and disappointment than it did about the book. Two thousand years ago when Dioscorides wrote this, there was not the system of scientific classification. So, unless you had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Mediterranean region and could read the ancient languages, all of which John M. Riddle apparently developed over a lifetime of study, odds are you would gain nothing from a pure literal English translation; though I think it would be a great project.

Not an easy book to review, but if the subject is of interest, then I suspect the book will be, too. I thought the use of original Greek words a positive that did not interfere with readability (I don't read Greek). I read the intro pages, which were quite valuable to understanding the project that is the book. Then I put the book down to do other things, and almost as an afterthought went through the index to help with a writing project where I wanted to know how the ancients conceived of a certain substance. Of course, the scientific name of today was not even known to the ancient Greek world, being a modern discovery and naming. So, at first I thought there was nothing on the subject. Then a few days later tried it by another name, and found exactly what I wanted and quoted it for a book chapter I was writing. Which is why I say, if the subject of medicine in the ancient world is of interest, this book will be. Having a copy of the book, I can see why practitioners would find it useful.
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HASH(0x9ca741a4) étoiles sur 5 Nothing here to read 10 avril 2014
Par greeg martensite - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is worthless. Can't recommend it. Not readable. It's just an index for a set of books that aren't on the market.
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