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Men collecting plants. Italian illustration by Gherardo Cibo, showing two men digging for plants in a wooded area. This plate is taken from Discorsi on Dioscorides' De Materia Medica by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, a work of herbal medicine first published in Italy in 1554. Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577) was an Italian doctor and naturalist who wrote commentaries on 'De Materia Medica', an encyclopaedia of herbal medicine by the first century Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides.
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