Tabernaemontanus' Materia Medica
The Materia Medica is a rare renaissance medical book written by German pharmacist and medical doctor Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus in the 16th century.
It is regarded as the most comprehensive and detailed text on classical European medicine and is a predecessor of today's official pharmacopoeias. The book summarises all knowledge of medicinal plants from the most important antique and contemporary European textbooks available at the time. These dated back to Greek physicians like Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen who are considered the fathers of modern medicine.
Artemis founder, Sandra Clair, is the guardian of this rare book due to her special lineage of European medical herbalists. As well as playing a large part in Sandra's career as a Swiss herbal expert, the Materia Medica has provided exclusive recipes that are used today in our products.
The Materia Medica is the basis for Sandra's latest project - a doctoral thesis with the University of Canterbury. After translating the book from Old-German to modern and then to English, her thesis will follow specific herbal applications from the Renaissance period to today. With this information, she will explore the practical relevance of empirical knowledge for today's evidence-based practice.