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A(n) herbal is a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues (properties) — and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. A herbal may also systematically arrange or classify the plants by various criteria, may give recipes for herbal extracts, tinctures, or potions, and sometimes included mineral and animal medicaments in addition to those obtained from plants. Herbals were often illustrated to assist plant identification. The word herbal is derived from the mediaeval Latin liber herbalis ("book of herbs"); the word is sometimes used in contrast to the word florilegium which is a treatise on flowers with emphasis on their beauty and enjoyment rather than their utility.

Herbals were among the first literature produced in Ancient Egypt, Chinamarker, Indiamarker, and Europe. Their useful content and accessible format made them attractive to general readers, as well as to herbalists, apothecaries and physicians. In the Western European Age of Discovery herbals were produced, either by Europeans or indigenous people, for the Americas, Africa, and other lands newly discovered by Europeans. Herbals were among the first books to be printed in both China and Europe. In Western Europe herbals flourished during the two centuries after the invention of moveable type (c. 1470–1670).

Starting in the late 17th century, the rise of modern chemistry, toxicology and pharmacology largely made the classical herbals obsolete as a medical resource. As reference manuals for botanical study and indentification of plants, herbals were supplanted by the Floras — systematic surveys of the plants found growing in a particular region, with scientifically accurate botanical descriptions, classification, and illustrations. Herbals have seen a modest revival in the western world since the last decades of the 20th century, as herbalism and related disciplines (such as homeopathy and aromatherapy) became popular as forms of complementary and alternative medicine.


Many ancient societes have a body of traditional medicine, largely based on herbalism, that predates the invention of writing. It is not surprising that, as they became literate, those cultures felt the urge to commit that knowledge to writing — in the form of herbals.

Before the advent of printing, herbals were produced as manuscripts, which could be kept as scrolls or loose sheets, or bound into codices. Early handwritten herbals were often illustrated with paintings and drawings. Like other manuscript books, herbals were "published" through repeated copying by hand, either by professional scribes or by the readers themselves. In the process of making a copy, the copyist would often translate, expand, adapt, or reorder the content. Most of the original herbals have been lost; many have survived only as later copies (of copies of copies...), and many others are known only through references from other texts..

As printing became available, it was promptly used to publish herbals. In Europe, the first printed herbal with woodcut (xylograph) illustrations, the Puch der Natur of Konrad of Megenberg, appeared in 1475. Metal-engraved plates were first used in about 1580. The woodcuts and metal engravings could now be reproduced indefinitely, and they were traded among printers: there was therefore a large increase in the number of illustrations together with an improvement in quality and detail.

China, India, Mexico

Shennong pen Ts’ao ching of China

China is renowned for its traditional herbal medicine that date back thousands of years. Legend has it that Emperor Shennong, the founder of Chinese herbal medicine, composed the Shennong pen Ts’ao ching or Great Herbal in about 2700 BCE as the forerunner of all later Chinese herbals. It survives as a copy made c. 500 CE and describes about 365 herbs. High quality herbals and monographs on particular plants were produced in the period to 1250 CE including: the Chen Lei Pen Ts’ao written by T’Ang Shenwei in 1108 passing through 12 editions until 1600; a monograph on the lychee by Ts’ai Hsiang in 1059 and one on the oranges of Wen-Chou by Han Yen-Chih in 1178. In 1406 Chou Wang Hsiao published a herbal Chiu Huang Pen Ts'ao. It contained high quality woodcuts and descriptions of 414 species of plants of which 276 were described for the first time, the book pre-dating the first European printed book by 69 years. It was reprinted many times. Other herbals include Pen Ts'ao Fa Hui in 1450 by Hsu Yung and Pen Ts'ao Kangmu of Li Shi Chen in 1590.

Sushruta Samhita of India

Traditional herbal medicine of India, known as Ayurveda, possibly dates back to the second millennium BCE tracing its origins to the holy Hindu Vedas and, in particular, the Atharvaveda. One authentic compilation of teachings is by the surgeon Sushruta, available in a treatise called Sushruta Samhita. This contains 184 chapters and description of 1120 illnesses, 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources and 57 preparations based on animal sources. Other early works of Ayurveda include the Charaka Samhita, attributed to Charaka. This tradition, however is mostly oral. The earliest surviving written material which contains the works of Sushruta is the Bower Manuscript—dated to the 4th century CE.

Hernandez - Rerum Medicarum and the Aztecs

We have an illustrated herbal published in Mexico in 1552, written in the Aztec Nauhuatl language by a native physician, [Martín Cruz (herbal author)|Martín Cruz]] as the Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis ("Book of Medicinal Herbs of the Indies") which probably represents the medicine of the Aztecs although the formal illustrations, resembling European ones, suggest that the artists were following the traditions of their Spanish masters rather than an indigenous style of drawing. In 1570 Francisco Hernández (c.1514-1580) was sent from Spain to study the natural resources of New Spain (now Mexico). Here he drew on indigenous sources, including the extensive botanical gardens that had been established by the Aztecs, to record c. 1200 plants in his Rerum Medicarum of 1615. Nicolás MonardesDos Libros (1569) contains the first published illustration of tobacco.

Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome

By about 2000 BCE medical papyri in ancient Egypt included medical prescriptions based on plant matter and made reference to the herbalists combination of medicines and magic for healing.

Papyrus Ebers

The ancient Egyptian Papyrus Ebers is one of the earliest known herbals; it dates to 1550 BCE and is based on sources, now lost, dating back a further 500 to 2000 years. The earliest Sumerian herbal dates from about 2500 BCE as a copied manuscript of the 7th century BCE. Inscribed Assyrian tablets dated 668–626 BCE list about 250 vegetable drugs: the tablets include herbal plant names that are still in us today including: saffron, cumin, turmeric and sesame.

The ancient Greeks gleaned much of their medicinal knowledge from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hippocrates (460-377 BCE), the "father of medicine" (renowned for the eponymous Hippocratic oath), used about 400 drugs, most being of plant origin. However, the first Greek herbal of any note was written by Diocles of Carystus in the fourth century BC - although nothing remains of this except its mention in the written record. It was Aristotle’s pupil Theophrastus (371–287 BCE) in his Historia Plantarum and De Causis Plantarum (better known as the Enquiry into Plants) that established the scientific system of plants. Based largely on Aristotle’s notes, the Ninth Book of his Enquiry deals specifically with medicinal herbs and their uses including the recommendations of herbalists and druggists of the day and his plant descriptions often included their natural habitat and geographic distribution. With the formation of the Alexandrian School c. 330 BCE medicine flourished and written herbals of this period included those of the physicians Herophilus, Mantias, Andreas of Karystos, Appolonius Mys, and Nicander. The work of rhizomatist (the rhizomati were the doctors of the day, berated by Theophrastus for their superstition). Krateuas (fl. 110 BCE) is of special note because he effectively started the tradition of the illustrated herbal in the first century BCE.

Dioscorides - De Materia Medica

The De Materia Medica (c. 40-90 CE; Greek, Περί ύλης ιατρικής) of Pedanios Dioscorides, a physician in the Roman army, was produced in about 65 CE. It was the single greatest classical authority on the subject and the most influential herbal ever written, serving as a model for herbals and pharmacopoeias, both oriental and occidental, for the next 1000 years up to the Renaissance. It drew together much of the accumulated herbal knowledge of the time, including some 500 medicinal plants. The original has been lost but a magnificent illustrated Byzantine copy, known as the Codex Vindobonensis, dates from about 512 CE.

Pliny - Naturalis Historia

Pliny the Elder's (23– 79 CE) encyclopaedic Naturalis Historia (c. 77-79 CE) is a synthesis of the information contained in about 2000 scrolls and it includes myths and folklore: there are about 200 extant copies of this work. It comprises 37 books of which sixteen (Books 12-27) are devoted to trees, plants and medicaments and, of these, seven describe medicinal plants. In medieval herbals, along with De Materia Medica it is Pliny's work that is the most frequently mentioned of the classical texts, even though the work De Simplicibus of Galen (131-201 CE) is more detailed and notable. Another Latin translation of Greek works that was widely copied in the Middle Ages, probably illustrated in the original, was that attributed to Apuleius and this also contained the alternative names for particular plants given in several languages. It dates to about 400 CE and a surviving copy dates to about 600 CE.

The Dark Ages and Arab World

During the 600 years of the European Middle Ages from 600 to 1200 CE the tradition of herbal lore fell to the monasteries. Many of the monks were skilled at the production of books and manuscripts and the tending of both medicinal gardens and the sick, but written works of this period simply emulated those of the classical era.

Meanwhile in the Arab world by 900 CE the great Greek herbals had been translated and copies lodged in centres of learning in the Byzantine empire of the eastern Mediterranean including Byzantium, Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad where they were combined with the botanical and pharmacological lore of the Orient. In the medieval Islamic world, Muslim botanists and Muslim physicians made a major contribution to the knowledge of herbal medicines. al-Dinawari described more than 637 plant drugs in the 9th century, Ibn al-'Awwam described 585 microbiological cultures (55 of which concern fruit trees) in the 12th century, and Ibn al-Baitar described more than 1,400 different plants, foods and drugs, over 300 of which were his own original discoveries, in the 13th century. Others associated with this period include Mesue Maior (Masawaiyh, 777-857 CE) who, in his Opera Medicinalia, synthesised the knowledge of Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Indians and Babylonians and this work was complemented by the medical encyclopaedia of Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037 CE). Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine was used for centuries in both East and West. During this period Islamic science protected classical botanical knowledge that had been ignored in the West and Muslim pharmacy thrived.

Albertus Magnus - De Vegetabilibus

In the 13th century scientific enquiry was returning and this was manifest through the production of encyclopaedias, those noted for their plant content included a treatise by Albertus Magnus (c.1193–1280) a Suabian educated at the University of Padua and a tutor to St Thomas Aquinas). It was called De vegetabilibus (c.1256 AD) and even though based on original observations and plant descriptions rather than questions than medicine it bore a close resemblance to the earlier Greek, Roman and Arabic herbals. Another famous account of the period was De Proprietatibus Rerum (c.1230–1240) of English Franciscan monk Bartholomaeus Anglicus.

Western Europe

Illustration from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal
Perhaps the best known herbals were produced in Europe between 1470 and 1670 The invention in Germany of printing from movable type in a printing press c. 1440 was a great stimulus to herbalism. The new herbals were more detailed with greater general appeal and often with Gothic script and the addition of woodcut illustrations that more closely resembled the plants being described.

Early printed herbals include the Kreuterbuch of Hieronymus Tragus from Germany in 1539 and, in England, the New Herball of William Turner in 1551 were arranged, like the classical herbals, either alphabetically, according to their medicinal properties, or as "herbs, shrubs, trees" Arrangement of plants in later herbals such as Cruydboeck of Dodoens and John Gerard’s Herball of 1597 became more related to their physical similarities and this heralds the beginnings of scientific classification. By 1640 a herbal had been printed that included about 3800 plants – nearly all the plants of the day that were known.

In the Modern Age and Renaissance, European herbals diversified and innovated, and came to rely more on direct observation than being mere adaptations of traditional models. Typical examples from the period are the fully illustrated De historia stirpium commentarii insignes by Leonhart Fuchs (1542, with over 400 plants), the astrologically-oriented Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper (1653), and the Curious Herbal by Elizabeth Blackwell (1737).

Anglo-Saxon herbals

Anglo-Saxon plant knowledge and gardening skills (the garden was called a wyrtzerd, literally, herb-yard) appears to have exceeded that on the continent. Our limited knowledge of Anglo-Saxon plant vernacular comes primarily from manuscripts that include: the Leech Book of Bald, the Lacnunga. The Leech Book of Bald (Bald was probably a friend of King Alfred of England) was painstakingly produced by the scribe Cild in about 900–950 CE. This was written in the vernacular tongue and not derived from Greek texts. The oldest illustrated herbal from Saxon times is a translation of the Latin Herbarius Apulei Platonici, one of the most popular medical works of medieval times, the original dating from the fifth century, this Saxon translation was produced about 1000–1050 CE. Another vernacular herbal was the Buch der natur or "Book of Nature" by Konrad von Megenberg (1309–1374) which contains the first two botanical woodcuts ever made; it is also the first work of its kind in the vernacular.

Anglo-Norman herbals

In the 12th and early 13th centuries under the influence of the Norman conquest the herbals produced in Britain fell less under the influence of France and Germany and more that of Sicily and the Near east. This showed itself through the Byzantine influenced Romanesque framed illustrations. Anglo-Saxon herbals in the vernacular were replaced by herbals in Latin including Macers Herbal, De Viribus Herbarum (largely derived from Pliny), with the English translation completed in about 1373.

Fifteenth century incunabula

The first printed herbal appeared in 1469, a version of Pliny's Historia Naturalis: this was published nine years before Dioscorides De Materia Medica was set in type. Important incunabula include the encyclopaedic De Proprietatibus Rerum of Franciscan monk Bartholomew Anglicus (c. 1203–1272) which, as a manuscript, had first appeared between 1248 and1260 in at least six languages and after being first printed in 1470 ran to 25 editions. Assyrian physician Mesue (926-1016) wrote the popular De Simplicibus, Grabadin and Liber Medicinarum Particularum the first of his printings being in 1471. These were followed, in Italy, by the Herbarium of Apuleius Platonicus and three German works published in Mainz, the Latin Herbarius (1484), the first herbal published in Germany, German Herbarius (1485), the latter evolving into the Ortus Sanitatis (1491). To these can be added Macer’s De Virtutibus Herbarum, based on Plinys work, the printed edition of 1477 being among the first printed herbals with illustrations.

Fifteenth century manuscripts

Before 1542 the works principally used by apothecaries were the treatises on simples by Avicenna and the mysterious Serapion’s Liber De Simplici Medicina; the De Synonymis and other publications of Simon Januensis, the Liber Servitoris of Bulchasim Ben Aberazerim, which described the preparations made from plants, animals and minerals, provided a model for the chemical treatment of modern pharmacopoeias. There was also the Antidotarium of Nicolaus de Salerno, which contained Galenical compounds arranged in alphabetical order.

Low Countries - Dodoens, Lobel, Clusius

Sixteenth century Netherlands was flourished. Translations of early Greeco-Roman texts published in German by Bock in 1546 as Kreuter Buch were subsequently translated into Dutch as Pemptades by Rembert Dodoens (1517–1585) who was a Belgian botanist of world renown. This was an elaboration of his first publication Cruydeboeck (1554). Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616) published his Stirpium Adversaria Nova (1570–1571) and a massive compilation of illustrations while Clusius’ (1526–1609) magnum opus was Rariorum Plantarum Historia of 1601 which was a compilation of his Spanish and Hungarian floras and included over 600 plants that were new to science. The descriptive accounts of regional floras by these three botanico-physicians formed the basis of the later botanical systems of Caesalpino, Bauhin and Linnaeus.

Spain and Portugal - de Orta, Monardes, Hernandez

The Spaniards and Portuguese were explorers, the Portuguese to India (Vasco da Gama) and Goa where physician Garcia de Orta (1490–1570) based his work Coloquios dos Simples (1563). The first botanical knowledge of the New World came from Spaniard Nicolas Monardes (1493–) who published Dos Libros between 1569 and 1571. The work of Hernandez on the herbal medicine of the Aztecs has already been discussed.

Germany - Bock, Brunfels and Fuchs

Otto Brunfels (c.1489–1534), Leonhart Fuchs (1501– 1566) and Hieronymus Bock (1498–1554) were known as the "German fathers of botany" although this title belies the fact that they trod in the steps of the scientifically feted Hildegard of Bingen and her accomplished work of 1150, Physica (manuscript no longer in existence) but first printed in 1533. The 1530 Herbarum Vivae Eicones of Brunfels contained the exquisite, botanically accurate original woodcut illustrations of Hans Weiditz along with 47 species new to science. Bock, in setting out to describe the plants of his native Germany, produced the New Kreuterbuch of 1539 describing the plants he had found in the woods and fields but without illustration; this was supplemented by a second edition in 1546 that contained 365 woodcuts. Bock was possibly the first to adopt a botanical arrangement based on appearance, qualities and other indications of relationship including their ecology and communities. In this he was placing emphasis on botanical rather than medicinal characteristics, unlike the other German herbals. De Historia Stirpium (1542) of Fuchs was a later publication with 509 high quality woodcuts that paid close attention to botanical detail and overall design and it included many plants introduced to Germany in the sixteenth century that were new to science. It is with Fuchs that we reach the high water mark of the Renaissance herbal.

Italy - Mattioli, Calzolari, Alpino

Italian herbals bear the stamp of a country that initiated the Renaissance and a vigorous commerce. In Italy especially herbals changed from copies of old texts to description of plants made by direct observation, sometimes brought back from exploration and trade in new lands, and sometimes of the local flora as in the Viaggio di Monte Baldo (1566) of Francisco Calzolari , which including drawings made from life, thus extending the ancient lists. Other contributors included Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501–1577), physician to the Italian aristocracy and his Commentarii (1544) which including many new species and more traditional herbal Epistolarum Medicinalium Libri Quinque (1561). Prospero Alpino (1553-1617) in 1592 published the highly popular De Plantis Aegypti and he also established a botanical garden in Padua in 1542 which, together with those at Pisa and Florence, rank among the world’s first.

England - Turner, Gerard, Parkinson, Culpeper

The first true herbal printed in Britain was Banckes Herball of 1525 which, although popular in its day, was unillustrated and soon eclipsed by the most famous of the early printed herbals, Peter Treveris's Grete Herball of 1526 (derived in turn from the derivative French Grand Herbier).
William Turner (?1508-7 to 1568) was an English naturalist, botanist, and theologian who studied at Cambridge Universitymarker to eventually became known as the “father of English botany” achieving botanical notoriety through his 1538 publication Libellus de re Herbaria Novus which was the first essay on scientific botany in English. His three-parted A New Herball of 1551-1562-1568, with woodcut illustrations taken from Fuchs, was noted for its original contributions and extensive medicinal content and for being more accessible by being written in vernacular English. Turner described over 200 species native to England. and his work had a strong influence on later eminent botanists such as John Ray and Jean Bauhin.

John Gerard (1545–1612) is the most famous of all the English herbalists. His Herball of 1597 is, like most herbals, largely derivative and we shall probably never know its full history. It appears to be a reformulation of Hieronymus Bock's Kreuterbuch subsequently translated into Dutch as Pemptades by Rembert Dodoens (1517–1585), and thence into English by Carolus Clusius, (1526–1609) then re-worked by Henry Lyte in 1578 as A Nievve Herball. This became the basis of Gerard's Herball or General Hiftorie of Plantes. that appeared in 1597 with its 1800 woodcuts (only 16 original). Although largely derivative, Gerard's popularity can be attributed to his charming and original overlay of evocations of plants and places in Elizabethan England and to the clear influence of gardens and gardening on this work.He had published, in 1596, Catalogus which was a list of 1033 plants growing in his garden.

John Parkinson (1567–1650) was an apothecary and author of two famous texts. The first was Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris in 1629: this was essentially a gardening book, a florilegium for which Charles 1 awarded him the title Botanicus Regius Primarius. The second was his Theatrum Botanicum of 1629, the largest herbal ever produced in the English language. It lacked the quality illustrations of Gerard's works, but was a massive and informative compendium including about 3800 plants (twice the number of Gerard's first edition Herball), over 1750 pages and over 2,700 woodcuts. This was effectively the last and culminating herbal of its kind and, although it included more plants of no discernible economic or medicinal use than ever before, they were nevertheless arranged according to their properties rather than their natural affinities.

Nicholas Culpeper (1616 – 1654) was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, apothecary and astrologer from London's East End. His published books were A Physicall Directory (1649), which was a pseudoscientific pharmacopoeia. The English Physitian (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653), contain a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge. He was one of the most eminent and popular 17th century herbalists in the English speaking world best known for his Complete Herbal and English Physician which nevertheless lacked scientific credibility because it was astrological. This herbal reveals the Graeco-Arabic medicine of the day. Culpeper combines diseases, plants and astrological prognosis into a simple integrated system that has proved extremely popular to the present day being a strong influence on anthroposophy (biodynamic gardening). Included in the ranks of the more bizarre would be the Curious Herbal of Elizabeth Blackwell (1737).


The legacy of the herbal can be seen not only in medicine, but also in botany and horticulture. Although herbal medicine is still practiced in many parts of the world, the traditional herbal essentially ended with the European Renaissance and the rise of modern medicine with its emphasis on synthetic and industrialized drugs. Herbals have evolved into the pharmacopoeia which, in its modern technical sense, has been given the sanction of a government, medical or pharmaceutical society. The first British Pharmacopoeia was published in the English language in 1864, but gave such general dissatisfaction both to the medical profession and to chemists and druggists that the General Medical Council brought out a new and amended edition in 1867. With modern large-scale book production there are now a wide range of books on culinary herbs and herb gardens, medicinal and useful plants. The enduring desire for simple medicinal information on specific plants has resulted in a number of modern herbals that echo the herbals of the past, an example being Maud Grieve's A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931 but with many subsequent editions.
The magical and mystical side of the herbal also lives on. Alongside the genuine herbals other works of a more superstitious or experimental nature existed - and still do. Many were concerned with the fanciful medical theory of the doctrine of signatures, the use of plants to cure human ailments on the basis of supposed anatomical resemblances between the ailment or part of the body affected and the appearance of the plant. The astrology of Culpeper can be seen in contemporary anthroposophy (biodynamic gardening); it is likely that alternative medical approaches like homeopathy, aromatherapy and other new age approaches to medicine find their origins in herbals and traditional medicine.

It is often forgotten that the herbal found its application in the herb gardens that were used as repositories for the supply and study of the plants the herbals described. This tradition was a part of the medieval monastery garden that supplied the simples or officinals needed for the treatment of the sick being cared for within the monastery. Early physic gardens were always associated with an institute of learning, be it a monastery, university or herbarium. It was this medieval garden of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries attended by apothecaries and physicians that established a tradition that passed in a direct line to the systems gardens of the eighteenth century (gardens that demonstrated the classification system of plants) passing through to the modern botanical garden.

The advent of printing and wood-engraving permitted the efficient continuity of knowledge and observation. Herbals contributed to botany by setting in train the science of plant description, classification and illustration. From the time of the ancients like Dioscorides through to Parkinson in 1629, the scope of the herbal remained essentially the same. The tradition of grand herbal compendia effectively ended in the early seventeenth century but the herbal legacy has continued in several ways. Up to the seventeenth century botany and medicine were one and the same but gradually some books omitted medicinal properties to become more botanical, and medical books progressively ignored the plant lore to become pharmacopoias. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries plant description and classification began to relate plants to one-another and not to man. This was the first glimpse of non-anthropocentric botanical science since Theophrastus and, coupled with the new system of binomial nomenclature resulted in "scientific herbals" called Floras that detailed and illustrated the plants growing in a particular region. These books were often backed by herbaria, collections of dried plants that verified the plant descriptions given in the Floras. So modern botany and, especially plant taxonomy, was born out of medicine. As herbal historian Agnes Arber remarks - "Sibthorp's monumental Flora Graeca is, indeed, the direct descendant in modern science of the De Materia Medica of Dioscorides."

See also


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  2. Leyel, in Grieve. p. xiii.
  3. Anderson, p. 2.
  4. Arber, p.14.
  5. Jackson, p. 102.
  6. Blunt & Raphael, p. 10.
  7. Stuart, pp. 1–26.
  8. Stuart, p. 7–8, 13.
  9. See Arber, 1984
  10. Morton, pp. 115-164.
  11. See Andrews, 1982.
  12. Stuart, pp. 7-13.
  13. Blunt & Raphael, p. 5.
  14. Arber, pp. 271–285.
  15. Rohde, pp. 189–235.
  16. Blunt & Raphael, p. 113.
  17. Blunt & Raphael, p. 172.
  18. Reed, p. 62.
  19. See Tang, W. & Eisenbrand, 1992.
  20. See Unschuld, 1985.
  21. Keys, pp. 9–10.
  22. See Hong-Yen Hsu, 1980.
  23. Reed pp. 50–51.
  24. Reed, pp. 74-76.
  25. Woodland, p. 373.
  26. See Wujastyk, 2003.
  27. See Dwivedi et al., 2007.
  28. Kutumbian, pp. XXXII-XXXIII.
  29. Morton, p. 14.
  30. Arber, p. 109.
  31. Stuart, p. 15
  32. Anderson, p. 2.
  33. Stuart, p. 15.
  34. Stuart, p. 15.
  35. Stuart, p. 17.
  36. Stuart, p. 17.
  37. Singer, p. 100.
  38. Anderson, p. 3.
  39. Singer, p. 101
  40. Arber, pp. 1–12.
  41. Anderson, pp. 17–18.
  42. Singer, p. 104.
  43. Morton, p. 86.
  44. Stuart, p. 19.
  45. Fahd in Morelon & Rashed pp. 813-852.
  46. Toufic in Morelon & Rashed, pp. 848–849.
  47. See Boulanger, vol. 3
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  49. Morton, p. 92.
  50. Arber, p.12.
  51. Arber, p. 11.
  52. Stuart, p. 21.
  53. Stuart, p. 22.
  54. Rohde, pp. 89.
  55. Anderson, p. 23.
  56. Rohde, pp .5–7.
  57. Rohde, pp. 9–10.
  58. Stuart, p. 19.
  59. Blunt & Raphael, p. 113.
  60. Rohde, p. 42.
  61. Anderson, p. 3.
  62. Anderson, pp.59–60
  63. Blunt & Raphael, p. 114.
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  65. Anderson, pp. 173–180
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  68. Arber, pp. 104–108.
  69. Anderson, p. 51.
  70. Anderson, pp. 51-58.
  71. Anderson, pp. 121–147.
  72. Singer, p. 112.
  73. Arber, pp. 92-101.
  74. Arber, p. 41.
  75. Rohde, 65-67.
  76. Anderson, p. 152.
  77. Rohde, p.
  78. Blunt & Raphael, pp.164-166.
  79. Rohde, p. 98.
  80. Reed, p. 70.
  81. Anderson, p. 227.
  82. Anderson, p. 230, 234.
  83. Biography of Culpeper
  84. A Physicall Directory (1649)
  85. The English Physitian (1652)
  86. The Complete Herbal (1653)
  87. Arber, pp. 146-246.
  88. Arber, p. 270.


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