Profile: Ianto Jocks

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in Classics at the University of Glasgow where my research is concerned with the pharmacology and reception of Scribonius Largus; I am furthermore working towards an English translation of the Compositiones Medicamentorum. My background includes both sciences (chemistry, anatomy) and humanities (history, classics), and as such I try to approach medical history from an interdisciplinary angle. Beyond the history of pharmacology and chemistry (in theory and practice), I am interested in 19th and 20th century military surgery, anatomy past and present, and the use of modern technology to increase accessibility and impact of medico-anatomical museum collections

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The Medicinal Recipes Of Scribonius Largus

Written in the mid-first century CE, the Compositiones medicamentorum (The Composition of Remedies, sometimes simply translated as Recipes) of Scribonius Largus falls into the same historical context as the more famous works of Celsus, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides, but have – undeservedly – received much less attention. Scribonius provided an account of his practical medical knowledge, obtained during the reigns of Roman emperors Tiberius and Claudius, in form of a pharmacological recipe book written at the behest of his patron Callistus.

Category: History

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