The essays written by named scientists from all over Europe and brought together in the volume A passion for plants investigate the creation and transmission of botanical and pharmacobotanical knowledge in the early modern period (16th to 18 century). This process was multifaceted and complex in terms of the types of knowledge, the participation of persons from diverse social backgrounds, and the practices involved. A particular focus of attention is on the role of apothecaries and the connections between academic and non-academic investigations.
From the content: apothecaries as botanists in the early modern period, science in pharmacy, botanical activities of pharmacists in the 18th century, Georg Joseph Kamel - botanist and apothecary in the Philippines, Jacob Ligtvoegt - gardener in Leiden, didactics in a botanic garden, Juan de Cárdenas and his book of secrets, materia medica and the Ashmolean Museum, the Gart der Gesundheit - origin and influences.
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