The mandrake, not just a narcotic: its place in medicine and ancient greek civilization
Hippocrates and his followers, as well as Pedanius Dioscorides, Pseudo-Galen and Aretaeus of Cappadocia are just a few of the many ancient Greek physicians who have used the plant mandrake. Its narcotic properties were not limited to palliate pain during surgery, but they have been also used to treat pulmonary, neurological and mental diseases. Moreover, mandrake was celebrated in ancient Greek mythology, religion and comedy.
Keywords: Mandrake, ancient Greek medicine, psychiatric and neurological disorders.
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